Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

The Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution (MCR) is a one-of-a-kind, interdisciplinary program for people committed to peace and justice. The convenient low-residency format allows students to earn their degree while working full-time from anywhere in the world.

Taught by experts with years of real-world experience the degree provides excellent preparation to enter the fast-growing field of mediation as well as a variety of other human-centered careers. >Read more about career opportunities in conflict resolution.

In addition to the master's degree, students have the option of selecting one of two certficate options in conflict resolution, including the Cook County Circuit Court-approved Mediation Skills Training, which can be later be applied toward the master's degree.

Students also have the option of completing a practicum course to gain real-world experience assisting a professional mediator or serving in an administrative capacity in a nonprofit organization. Dominican has deep roots with several service-oriented community partners, opening a variety of practicum opportunities.

Program Format

The MA in Conflict Resolution is offered in a convenient low-residency format. Students will complete two five-day intensive courses on campus, with the remaining courses completed online. This provides the best of both worlds: face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers with the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

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Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in any subject from a regionally-accredited college or university, or international equivalent
  • At least three years of full-time work experience or a waiver from the Assistant Provost
  • Official transcripts sent to Dominican University Graduate Admissions Operations, Mazzuchelli 266, 7900 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305
  • Completed online application
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose explaining how the degree will fit in with the applicant's personal and professional goals
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE scores are not required, but may be submitted to strengthen a candidate's application