Dominican University Introduces Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution

Posted on: May 25, 2012

River Forest, IL — Dominican University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) has introduced a new flexible format degree program, the Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution (MCR).

The MCR is a challenging graduate program for those who want to make a difference in careers as professional mediators as well as those currently working in fields of ministry, counseling, social work, human resources, non-profit leadership and business management.

“Professional mediation is a lucrative and rewarding career with increasing prospects,” said Matt Hlinak, JD, assistant provost for professional and continuing studies. “The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics is projecting a 14 percent increase in demand for arbitrators, mediators and conciliators from 2008-18.”

The field of mediation was profiled in “Best Careers 2009” by US News & World Reports and deemed one of “America’s Most Surprising Six-Figure Jobs” by Forbes.

The program is offered in a convenient low-residency model that blends face-to-face and online instruction. Students can earn their degrees while working full-time from anywhere in the world. Students will complete two five-day intensive courses on the beautiful campus of Dominican University, with the remaining courses completed online in an accelerated eight-week format. This provides the best of both worlds: face-to-face interaction with faculty and peers, with the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

The program includes 12 courses, including nine required courses and three electives. All students begin the program by taking one of the two five-day intensive campus-based courses, Mediation Skills Training or Negotiation. Both courses require extensive role-playing and practical skills development under the guidance of experienced mediators. Students are then free to register for any of the online courses or the remaining five-day intensive course.

Students are encouraged to develop practical mediation experience through a Conflict Resolution Practicum, in which students will put their education to work resolving real-life conflicts in the community, under the guidance of a faculty member.

Programs of Dominican University’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies are designed for motivated adult learners committed to taking the next step in their academic and professional careers. SPCS provides a convenient and flexible learning environment with a dedication to exceptional student service.

For more information, visit or contact SPCS at (708) 714-9007 or

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