Which Schools Have a Conflict Resolution & Negotiation MBA Program?

Learn about schools that offer master's degree programs focusing on conflict resolution. Get information on rankings, online courses and even opportunities for foreign study. Schools offering Criminal Justice degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Facts about MBA Programs in Conflict Resolution and Negotiation

This is a great time to study conflict resolution and negotiation: at least 4,000 companies have signed the Center for Public Research Corporate Dispute Resolution Pledge to resolve conflict outside of the courtroom. Capitalize on this by earning a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in dispute resolution.

Important Information About This Field of Study

Common Courses Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy, Communication and Conflict, International Investment Disputes, Environmental and Public Policy Disputes
Prerequisites 4-year undergraduate degree in the business field or related post-graduate professional experience, minimum GPA requirement for some programs
Online Availability Some programs offered entirely online
Possible Careers Depending on program type, graduates will be prepared for work in international business as lawyers, mediators, and conflict management professionals
Median Salary (2018)$62,270 (arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators)
$120,910 (lawyers)
Job Outlook (2016-2026)10% (arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators)
8% (lawyers)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Pepperdine University in Malibu, California

As of 2018, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Pepperdine Law School's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution as the #2 dispute resolution program. MBA students at Pepperdine may specialize in dispute resolution. The curriculum covers several types of dispute resolution, such as negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.

  • Degree: Master of Business Administration with a concentration in dispute resolution
  • Type and Affiliation: Non-profit, Churches of Christ
  • Special Note: 10-day tours to London and Geneva or Hong Kong and Beijing offer the opportunity to study dispute resolution in Europe or Asia.
  • Address: 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90263
  • Phone: (310) 506-4631

Willamette University in Salem, Oregon

MBA students in Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management may apply to the Law School to earn a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. The MBA program offers eight concentrations.

  • Degree: Master of Business Administration and Certificate in Dispute Resolution
  • Type and Affiliation: Non-profit, originally associated with Methodist mission
  • Special Note: The full-time MBA program is accredited for both business and public administration (by AACSB International and NASPAA). Only two MBA programs in the world have both accreditations.
  • Address: 900 State St., Salem, OR 97301
  • Phone: (503) 808-9901

Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska

Creighton University claimed the #1 ranking among regional universities in the Midwest from U.S. News & World Report in 2019. Its MBA program doesn't have a conflict resolution or negotiation concentration, but you can earn a dual degree.

  • Degree: Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Type and Affiliation: Non-profit, Jesuit (Catholic)
  • Special Note: The dual-degree program requires 47 credit hours.
  • Address: 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178
  • Phone: (402) 280-2829

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