The University of Portsmouth in Portsmouth, United Kingdom, offers a postgraduate certificate in Dispute Resolution. The program can be completed in one year with full-time study but can also be taken on a part-time basis. Students who do not hold a law degree must take a course in Legal Approach to Business, while those who do hold a law degree are required to take a class in Commercial and Consumer Law. All students must complete a module on the Theory and Practice of ADR. To qualify for admission, prospective students must be fluent in English and hold a bachelor’s degree.
Queen Mary University of London offers a postgraduate diploma in International Dispute Resolution. All classes for the diploma are offered online and are intended to be taken over a period of two years on a part-time basis. Credits earned toward the diploma can be applied toward a number of graduate degrees at the university. Required modules for the program include International Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Context; International Commercial Arbitration: Selected Issues; Investment Treaty Arbitration; and Investment Arbitration: Substantive Protection. Qualified applicants will have a degree in law or a degree in a related field with work history related to law.
Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, United States, offers a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution. The program is taken on a full-time basis and usually requires one to two years of study to complete. Students take classes in Introduction to Peace and Security Studies; Communication, Culture & Conflict; Human Diversity & Human Conflict; Roots of Social Conflict; Concepts & Processes of Dispute Resolution I: Negotiation; and Concepts & Processes of Dispute Resolution II: Neutral Intervention Theory & Practice. All students then participate in a practicum and a final seminar. A bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.2 is required for admission.
The University of New South Wales in Kensington, Australia, offers a Master of Science degree in Dispute Resolution. The program lasts for one year and requires full-time study. Students first complete courses in Dispute Resolution and Principled Negotiation. Then, they are required to conduct independent research and write a culminating master’s thesis. To qualify for admission, prospective students must typically have an undergraduate degree with a 65 percent credit average. Those who hold an undergraduate degree earned with less than 65 percent credit average may be admitted to the program if they have at least two years of related work experience.
The City University of London in London, United Kingdom, offers a Master of Laws degree in Dispute Resolution. Students have the option to complete the program in one year with full-time study or in two years with part-time study. Required courses for the degree program include Commercial and High Value Litigation in London; Civil Dispute Resolution Options – Strategy, Risks and Costs; Mediation and Negotiation; Arbitration; International Dispute Settlement; International Commercial Arbitration; and EU Litigation. Prospective students must typically have a law degree to be considered for admission; however, students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields may be admitted on a case by case basis.