The online Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) program from Pepperdine Law's Straus Institute—top-ranked for dispute resolution in the U.S. News & World Report 2020 law school rankings—prepares mid-career professionals with conflict resolution and negotiation skills that are in high demand in a variety of industries.
The most effective leaders know how to negotiate for the best outcomes and prevent conflicts from impeding organizational progress. With a Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law, you will set yourself apart in your field by applying expertise in mediation and negotiation to help your organization succeed.
The program can be completed in as few as 16 months. No GRE, GMAT, or LSAT scores are required for admission to the program. Bachelor’s degree required.
The online Master of Dispute Resolution program features:
Learn advanced techniques in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration that make you essential in facilitating problem solving and collaboration in your workplace. Gain a better understanding of the root causes of conflict in both immediate and global environments and learn how to intercept and resolve disputes before they escalate into larger issues affecting your organization.
Collaborate with Pepperdine Law faculty and classmates weekly in face-to-face classes online. With a small student-to-faculty ratio, classes are designed to encourage discussion and debate.
Learn from the same faculty who teach on campus, ranked among the best law school professors by The Princeton Review in 2018. Our law professors are published scholars and legal experts who will mentor you to ensure your success.
Network with peers, faculty, and dispute resolution experts while putting your conflict resolution skills into practice during two weekend residencies hosted at Pepperdine’s Malibu campus.
Benefit from practical learning experiences, such as simulations and mock exercises, to reinforce your learning and to help you apply your knowledge at work. Pepperdine Law was ranked number three in the country by National Jurist for practical training in 2019.