The Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management
Become a Professional Peacemaker
U.S. News & World Report has cited dispute resolution as one of the fastest-growing academic disciplines of the new millennium. Organizations are increasingly aware of the importance of positive interactions to enhance productivity, financial success, and personal satisfaction in the context of any professional or personal endeavor or relationship. All of these factors indicate that dispute resolution is one of the most marketable skills in today’s world of business and commerce.
Explore Extensive Career Opportunities
Because conflict is a natural and recurring part of all aspects of society, professional training and experience in the area of disputes and conflict offers numerous career opportunities. Dispute resolution skills are in high demand in numerous settings including business, education, politics, law, religion, public administration, healthcare, family, local community, social services, and many others.
Practical Skills Can Be Put To Work Immediately
Because of the high demand for dispute resolution expertise, students frequently use their newly acquired peacemaking skills to enhance their current career paths or to launch new careers in dispute resolution. Some even view dispute resolution as a second career, providing an alternative to retirement.
Flexible Programs To Fit Individual Needs
Classes are offered on nights, weekends, and week-long formats to accommodate a working professional's schedule. New terms start every ten weeks, allowing students to quickly reach their goal of becoming a professional peacemaker.
SMU offers several study programs to meet individual needs, including