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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Dispute Resolution, Graduate Certificate

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SMU’s 21-credit-hour Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate program offers classroom instruction in the practical application of principles and techniques under the guidance of a master instructor. Through interdisciplinary study, students learn formal conflict management skills in negotiation, mediation, domestic relations and dispute resolution to achieve improved relationships among individuals and organizations.

Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge that is applicable in both social and psychological environments. They learn the art of negotiation, problem-solving, mediation, arbitration, systems design, team building, executive coaching and many other applications of dispute resolution. The program incorporates active role-playing from varied aspects of human relationships in order to engage students in class participation and also provides the skill and training necessary to become adept at the art of conflict resolution.

Completion of HDDR 6303  satisfies the Texas statutory requirement for being a court-connected mediator. Some courses are also approved for continuing education unit credits. SMU provides the necessary documentation upon request.

Admission Requirements

Before enrolling in the Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate Program, all students must provide the following:

  1. A completed application.
  2. Proof of the completion of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. An official undergraduate transcript.

Study Abroad

During the five-week summer term, students may earn credit toward the certification or master’s program by completing coursework at off-site venues such as Italy, Dublin, Geneva and Croatia.

Requirements for the Certificate

Total: 9 Credit Hours


  • offer focused study in subspecialties of dispute resolution and include descriptive readings, observations, simulated exercises and discussion

Total: 12 Credit Hours

Total: 21 Credit Hours

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