Dispute Resolution

Overview of Dispute Resolution Postsecondary Programs

Dispute Resolution college and university programs examine civil and criminal laws, policies and trends to resolve disputes between companies and consumers and/or groups and individuals. In addition to learning how to resolve disputes the programs also teach you how to resolve conflicts before they escalate into legal court cases. You learn how to identify and examine what conflicting sides of an argument or disagreement want as well as tools and strategies to use to ensure both sides gain a portion or all of what they initially wanted. Although you might be required to complete in-person courses that allow you to practice negotiation skills, you can take classroom or distance learning Dispute Resolution programs at accredited postsecondary schools. If you like helping people resolve problems and conflicts without taking sides, majoring in Dispute Resolution might prove rewarding.

Dispute Resolution Classes and Learned Skills

Core Dispute Resolution courses are established by individual colleges and universities. However, general core courses you might be required to take to graduate include:

  • Philosophy of Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation Training
  • Perspectives on Conflict Resolution
  • Psychology of Conflict
  • Negotiation
  • Bargaining and Reasoning
  • Adjudication and Courts
  • Internal Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
  • Collaborative Practice and Conflict Resolution

Dispute Resolution college and university programs help you to gain customer service, conflict resolution and decision making skills. Additional skills you can gain when you enroll in the programs include improved communications, negotiation and mediation skills. These skills can serve you at home, at work and as a leader of social and/or community organizations.

Levels of Education Available for Dispute Resolution

A Bachelor of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution, Master of Science in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building, Master of Science in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution and a Doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution are types of Dispute Resolution degrees you can get. Furthermore, you can expand your learning by majoring in degrees that have concentrations like Health Care Collaboration and Dispute Resolution and Organizational and Transactional Negotiation.

Outlook for Careers in Dispute Resolution

You can use your Dispute Resolutions degrees to work for corporate human resource departments, government agencies, attorneys and non-profit organizations that provide legal representation for area citizens. Types of jobs you can work include corporate mediator, attorney (if you get advanced degrees), legal assistant, human resource manager, employee relations manager, arbitrator and/or conciliator. As of May 2010 the median annual salaries arbitrators, conciliators and mediators received were $55,800. Top paying industries for these professionals were colleges and universities and the Federal Executive Branch. States that employed the most dispute resolution workers were California, New York and Florida. Furthermore, these states paid arbitrators, conciliators and mediators a mean annual salary of $85,580, $72,390 and $45,500 respectively.

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