Bachelor of Professional Studies/Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution
This accelerated pathway is for motivated undergraduate students with a commitment to social justice and conciliation as well as working adults who want a fast track to a graduate degree to advance as a leader and problem solver in any profession, providing new opportunities for professional growth. The professional acumen and connections you will acquire in this one-of-a kind accelerated pathway will set you apart and give you confidence as a problem solver. The faculty have real-world experience and this gives the student access to professionals working in the field of mediation and conflict resolution. Doors will open in the fields of mediation, restorative justice, law, labor relations, business, higher education, terminal degrees, and human resources.
If you are interested in acquiring skills that are in high demand right now, the Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution (MMCR) fits the bill. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projected an 8% growth (much faster than average for all occupations) in demand for mediators nationwide from 2019–2029. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks professional mediation as one of the "50 Best Careers," and Forbes deemed mediation one of "America's Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs."
This program not only lays the foundational knowledge for traditional careers that will enable you to improve the lives of individuals, families and communities, the conflict resolution training will broaden your options to fields, ranging from labor relations and business to human resources and legal services. The mediation and conflict resolution program includes role-playing, real-world experience and one-to-one training with practitioners in the field of mediation. This combined degree, at its core, is about helping people through effective communication and problem solving.
Among the many benefits of this program are its efficiency and convenience. Certain Master of Arts in Mediation and Conflict Resolution courses also count toward the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) reducing overall completion time for both degrees by up to nine credits, saving you time and money. The low-residency format allows students to earn their degree online or in the evening while working full time. BPS courses can be completed in the evenings on the campus of Triton College in River Grove or online. MMCR courses are completed at Dominican’s River Forest campus, online or at the University Center of Lake County in Grayslake.
If you already envision yourself working in your community solving problems, or working in law or business, this degree will get you there faster.