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Train to manage disputes and promote peace in one of the country’s first graduate programs in mediation and conflict resolution. At Dominican, you’ll find the best of online convenience and face-to-face connection.

Mediation and negotiation skills are in tremendous demand in practically every field, from law enforcement and labor relations to international business and health care. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an 8% growth (much faster than average for all occupations) in demand for mediators nationwide from 2019­–2029. Conflict is a reality of personal and professional life, and the practice of conflict resolution has emerged as an attractive alternative to costly litigation in overburdened courts.

In Dominican’s mostly online mediation and conflict resolution program, you’ll learn side-by-side with experts in the field. In fact, we designed the curriculum in partnership with the National Mediation Board, a federal agency that facilitates labor-management relations within the nation’s railroad and airline industries.

  • Best of both worlds: the convenience of a primarily online program with the personal connection of intensive five-day introductory courses on campus
  • Learn from nationally recognized professionals in the field
  • Gain hands-on experience through an optional practicum assisting a professional mediator or serving in a nonprofit organization
  • Year-round admission—start at your convenience

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What You’ll Learn

Our powerful interdisciplinary curriculum begins with a five-day intensive gateway course taught on-campus by experienced professional mediators. You’ll learn—and practice—mediation skills through supervised role-playing and personalized coaching in small groups. From there, you will take online courses exploring the psychological origins of conflict, the ethical dimensions of the discipline, alternative dispute methods, and more. You’ll also choose from engaging electives in subjects such as online dispute resolution, family conflict resolution, and restorative justice. Read detailed course descriptions

Dominican’s Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution at a Glance
  • Time to complete: 24 months. Semesters are split into intensive eight-week sessions, with students taking one class each session
  • Courses taught by experienced professional mediators and professionals in their fields
  • Curriculum is entirely online, with the exception of two five-day courses on campus
  • Certificate options that count toward the full master’s degree

You can also choose any three courses from our program in Trauma-Informed Leadership, an emerging discipline focused on creating safe and supportive workplaces.

Build a foundation for effective mediation and conflict resolution in the service of peace and justice. Learn more about our curriculum

Note: Admission to graduate and certificate programs in mediation and conflict resolution is open only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Dual Degree Option

Dominican offers a dual-degree program that combines the Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution with the Master of Social Work. This program is ideal for students who wish to apply skills in mediation and negotiation in a wide variety of social work settings.

Certificate Options

In addition to the master’s degree, Dominican offers the following certificate options. Courses taken for these certificates can be applied toward the full master’s degree for students who decide to go further.

What to Expect as You Earn Your MA in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Dominican’s MA in Mediation and Conflict Resolution is almost entirely online, allowing you to complete your studies from anywhere while working full-time. We believe that a personal connection—to fellow students and professors—is also important. That’s one of the reasons we’ve built into the program two intensive five-day courses on campus, in the beginning and toward the middle of your studies. In these hands-on sessions, which are led by experienced professional mediators, you’ll develop the practical skills of mediation and negotiation through extensive supervised role-playing. All other courses are entirely online. It’s the best of both worlds.

You’ll take two courses per semester. Each semester is divided into two intensive eight-week sessions, so you’ll only be taking one course at a time, making it possible to study while keeping up with all the demands of work and family.

A Focus on Ethics

Crucially, Dominican’s mediation and conflict resolution program includes an entire course on ethics. Professional peacemakers are motivated by good intentions, of course, but without proper preparation could wind up inadvertently doing harm. We believe it is important for students to explore the ethical dimensions of conflict resolution from the beginning to guard against such outcomes. This course examines the ethical duties owed to parties in a dispute, with a focus on neutrality, confidentiality and informed consent.

Financing Your Mediation and Conflict Resolution Degree

As a graduate student at Dominican, you’ll find the resources to help offset your tuition and costs. Options range from scholarships and student loans to campus employment and graduate assistantships. Contact the Office of Financial Aid to learn more.

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New applicants to the full Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution degree program are eligible to apply for the Change Seekers Scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What can I do with a degree in mediation and conflict resolution?

Think about your own industry—chances are there have been times of conflict within your organization, with competitors or clients, and perhaps with the public. Earning your master’s degree in mediation and conflict resolution from Dominican will open doors for you to seek higher level positions helping resolve such disputes. It also presents a path for moving your career in any number of other directions, as the desire grows in every sector to reduce conflict in communities and workplaces, and to find alternatives to overburdened courts and costly, time-consuming litigation. 

As a professional mediator, you could take on roles in areas such as business, counseling, law, health care, labor relations, government and education, just to name a few.

What are some other specific roles for mediators?
  • Family/divorce mediation
  • International diplomacy, peacekeeping or humanitarian work
  • Human resources
  • Higher education/adjunct teaching
  • Community organizing
  • Counseling in the public and private sectors

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How do I apply?

You will need the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any subject from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from the institution that awarded your bachelor's degree or higher. Please request that the registrar(s) send the transcript directly to Dominican, either in paper or electronically. Applicant-submitted transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal
  • Completed online application
  • Statement of purpose explaining how the degree will fit in with the applicant’s personal and professional goals. Please refer to the questions in the application.
  • Resume
  • GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen a candidate’s application

Before you apply, make sure you review our full application and admission requirements.

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