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The Werner Institute provides an interdisciplinary program leading to master's degrees and graduate certificates in negotiation and dispute resolution for students from a variety of fields as well as mid-career professionals. Parties in conflict are increasingly using professional negotiation and dispute resolution to settle their differences and realize gains from collaboration. A number of sources report that dispute resolution will be among the fastest-growing professions in the early decades of this century. As an academic discipline, dispute resolution reached and passed a tipping point some time in the last decades of the 20th Century: what was once a patchwork of techniques, social movements, and efforts at achieving greater efficiency in our approach to managing conflict, has become an interdisciplinary field in its own right, transformed from an "alternative" form of dispute resolution to the preferred approach.
The Master of Science in Negotiation & Dispute Resolution entails a total of 32 credits including 18 credits in Foundational, Skills and Processes; 2 credits in Culture and Conflict; 3 credits towards a Practicum Project and the remainder of the credits in electives focusing on advanced topics in conflict resolution.
- Graduate Certificate Program - Campus-Based
The Graduate Certificate requires all foundational and skills/processes courses from the master?s degree except that students get to choose between taking Systems and Dispute Systems Design or Facilitation and Group Processes for a total of 16 credits.
This online-based degree program may be completed in approximately 15 - 18 months and includes 2 residential workshops on the Creighton Campus. It entails 32 credit hours with 10 credit hours covering a selected area of concentration.