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Negotiation and conflict resolution skills are highly sought after in today’s workplace. The Master of Science in Dispute Resolution (MSDR) program has been designed to offer learners unique opportunities to explore solutions and systematically break down conflicts within a legal context. This innovative curriculum prepares learners for a specialized career in dispute resolution and management. Learners who complete the program will emerge with the theory, tools, and tactics to understand root causes and dynamics of conflict and to facilitate and communicate dispute resolutions.

Quick Facts:

  • Credits required: 36
  • Cost per credit: $545
  • Program length: 2 years (full-time status)

What you’ll learn

Demonstrate proficiency in respectful communication that analyzes and solves problems resulting in an improved capability to manage and resolve conflicts.

Recognize the value of cultural diversity within globalization, regionalism, and security, and the situational implication(s) therein during the resolution of conflicts.

Demonstrate a system of inquiry and utilize evidence-based tools to support qualitative and/or quantitative research methods for managing conflicts in a variety of areas.

Assess a broad range of conflict and dispute resolution principles to gain an integrated understanding of the field and of techniques that promote resolution.

Apply ethical, legal, and professional principles and accountability for actions that promote advocacy, collaboration, and leadership as mediators, arbitrators, and negotiators.

Master of Science in Dispute Resolution Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Credits
Required Core Courses 21
Elective/Concentration Courses 15
TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR THE MSDR 36

Courses + Credits

The following courses comprise the requirements for the Master of Science in Dispute Resolution (MSDR) degree program at CalSouthern. Tailor your degree by focusing on one of four areas of concentration: Court Procedures, Dispute Resolution, International Trade and Disputes, or Workplace Specialist.

Required Core Courses

  • MSD 86705 American Legal Process and Writing — 3-credits
  • MSD 86715 Communication in Conflict Resolution — 3-credits
  • MSD 86720 Purposeful Interviewing — 3-credits
  • MSD 86725 Strategies and Ethics in Negotiations — 3-credits
  • MSD 86730 Mediation — 3-credits
  • MSD 86735 Cultural Diversity — 3-credits
  • CAP 86700 MSL and MSDR Capstone — 3-credits

Elective/Concentration Courses

Court Procedures Concentration

  • LAW 85121 Civil Procedure — 3-credits
  • LAW 85167 Alternative Dispute Resolution — 3-credits
  • LAW 85171 Real Estate Transactions — 3-credits
  • LAW 85216 Group Leadership, Process and Facilitation — 3-credits
  • MSD 86750 Family Law Disputes — 3-credits

Dispute Resolution Concentration

  • LAW 85121 Civil Procedure — 3-credits
  • LAW 85167 Alternative Dispute Resolution — 3-credits
  • LAW 85216 Group Leadership, Process and Facilitation — 3-credits
  • LAW 85220 International Commercial Arbitration — 3-credits
  • LAW 85221 Arbitration — 3-credits
  • LAW 85225 International Law Policy and Conflict Resolution — 3-credits
  • MSD 86750 Family Law Disputes — 3-credits
  • MSD 86755 Immigration Law: Policy and Disputes — 3-credits
  • MSD 86760 Managing Workplace Conflict — 3-credits
  • MSL 86150 Contracts — 3-credits
  • MSL 86350 Civil Procedure — 3-credits

International Trade and Disputes Concentration

  • LAW 85216 Group Leadership, Process, and Facilitation — 3-credits
  • LAW 85220 International Commercial Arbitration — 3-credits
  • LAW 85225 International Law Policy and Conflict Resolution— 3-credits
  • MSD 86755 Immigration Law Policy and Disputes — 3-credits

Workplace Specialist Concentration

  • LAW 85216 Group Leadership, Process and Facilitation — 3-credits
  • LAW 85221 Arbitration — 3-credits
  • MSD 86760 Managing Workplace Conflict — 3-credits
  • MSL 86350 Business Associations — 3-credits

Download the University Catalog for full course descriptions, prerequisite information, and program details.

Disclosure Required by the CBE of the State Bar of California
The method of instruction at this law school for professional law degree programs other than for the Juris Doctor degree is principally by correspondence. Completion of a professional law degree program at this law school other than for the Juris Doctor degree does not qualify a student to take the California Bar Examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to practice law in California. It may not qualify a student to take the bar examination or to satisfy the requirements for admission to the practice of law in any other jurisdiction. A student intending to seek admission to practice law should contact the admitting authority in the jurisdictions where the student intends to seek to qualify to sit for the bar examination or for admission to practice for information regarding the legal education requirements in that jurisdiction for admission to the practice of law.

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