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

Dispute Resolution, M.A.D.R.


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Betty Gilmore, Director

During the spring of 2006, SMU became the first university in the Southwest to offer an interdisciplinary master’s degree in dispute resolution. The M.A.D.R. degree emphasizes the development of skills vital to the resolution of disputes in business, domestic, education, public policy, religious, legal and healthcare settings. The program’s quality and uniqueness stem, in significant measure, from its multidisciplinary approach to conflict management and its commitment to integrating ethics throughout the curriculum. Rooted in the social and behavioral sciences, the faculty and curriculum integrate such diverse fields as psychology, law, sociology, public policy and economics.

The master’s curriculum provides a greater depth of study than the certificate program in dispute resolution, as described below. It also offers additional specialization of skills and a level of professional scholarship that allow graduates to contribute to as well as practice in the profession. Students are able to practice and refine their resolution skill sets through fieldwork in the program’s Mediation Clinic (described in the Client Services section below). Corporate internships, offered in some of the Dallas-Fort Worth area’s largest companies, also provide opportunity for professional practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.A.D.R. program must submit the following:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Official undergraduate transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
  4. A 250-word essay explaining why the applicant wants to study dispute resolution.
  5. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.750 (on a 4.000 scale). If the GPA is lower than 3.000, the applicant must submit acceptable GRE graduate school exam, LSAT law school aptitude test or GMAT scores and interview with the center director or associate director.
  6. If applying to the master’s program after completing the graduate certificate program in dispute resolution, a 3.500 GPA from the certificate program and evidence of compliance with all other admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

The M.A.D.R. program requires the completion of 42 credit hours in human development dispute resolution, 18 of which are required and 24 of which are electives chosen from the entire pool of HDDR courses.

Requirements for the Degree


Total: 18 Credit Hours


Electives by Area:


Total: 24 Credit Hours


Total: 42 Credit Hours


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.

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