Students typically complete the required 36 semester hours over 24 months, taking two classes per back-to-back semester. Semesters are split into intensive eight-week sessions, with students taking one class at a time. This format allows busy professionals to earn their degree while working full-time. All students begin with Mediation Skills Training (MCR 601), an intensive five-day course on campus. There is an additional five-day in-person course in the second year. The rest of the curriculum is entirely online.

Students must take nine required courses and three electives. If students have a particular interest in a specific elective, they are encouraged to take that course when it is offered and pick up the required course closer to the end of the program. An advisor will assist with course selection as requested.

SAMPLE PROGRAM OF STUDY 

First Year  
First Semester Credits
MCR 601 Mediation 3
Required course 3
Second Semester Credits
Required course 3
Required Course (or compelling elective) 3
Third Semester Credits
Required course 3
Required Course (or compelling elective) 3
Second Year  
Fourth Semester Credits
MCR 607 Negotiation (spring only) 3
Required Course (or compelling elective) 3
Fifth Semester Credits
Required course 3
Required Course (or compelling elective) 3
Sixth Semester Credits
Final course, fulfilling all required courses (9) 3
Final course, fulfilling all elective courses (3) 3
Total Semester Hours 36