Proactive conflict management, creative problem-solving, and state-of-the-art dispute resolution are critical for all organizations.
Thankfully, effectively managing conflict is a science that can be learned.
For the 17th consecutive year, Mitchell Hamline’s Dispute Resolution Institute is ranked in the top 5 dispute resolution programs in the nation.
- 14-credit graduate program (as part of a law or other graduate curriculum or as a stand-alone graduate certificate)
- Complete in as little as 12 months
- Multiple formats to fit your schedule
- Flexibility between formats
With the knowledge that education is enhanced through multi-disciplinary perspectives, CCR students learn side-by-side with J.D. students and may elect to take the required courses online or on-campus. You are also free to combine online and on-campus offerings in a tailored schedule that works for your unique needs. Regardless of format, your certificate experience will deliver you the latest in the contemporary science and art of negotiation and conflict theory.
- We’ll teach you mediation because it provides a unique perspective on mutual understanding and creative problem-solving.
- We’ll teach you arbitration because it is the global forum of choice for business (and increasingly in the U.S. – for resolution of employment disputes).
- You’ll learn about the intricacies of designing (and implementing) conflict management systems for organizations large and small.
Admission, Cost, and Financial Aid
- U.S. students must hold a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree from an accredited college or University.
- Foreign students must have completed or be enrolled in an LL.B. or LL.M.
- Complete the graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution application.
- Submit a professional resume or curriculum vitae.
- Request official transcripts from each college or university you have previously attended and have these items sent to:
Kitty Atkins, Associate Director
Dispute Resolution Institute
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105
All documents must be issued in English, or accompanied by an official, literal English translation.
All Mitchell Hamline School of Law courses are conducted in English; a proficiency in English is required for all students. You can demonstrate your proficiency in one of the following ways:
- A minimum score*of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of 80 on the internet based TOEFL or 550 on the paper exam is required.
- A minimum score* of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) of 6.5.
- Proof of a conferred degree from a United States college or university within the last two years.
*Please note that scores more than two years old are not accepted.
TOEFL – http://www.ets.org/toefl | IELTS – http://www.ielts.org/
IELTS is the high stakes English test for international study, migration and work. Open a world of opportunity with IELTS.
Our total tuition costs are highly competitive and among the lowest of all conflict resolution graduate certificate programs in the country.
- Tuition: $930/credit (total of 14 credits) with no application or matriculation fees
- Your tuition rate upon matriculation is guaranteed for 2 years
- Students have up to 3 years to complete the program
Students that are not enrolled in a graduate degree program are not eligible to receive federal financial aid and should not complete the FAFSA. For information regarding loans available to certificate students, connect to Certificate/Non-degree loan information.
See alternative financial aid options
- Outside Scholarships
- Law School Scholarships
- Minnesota Military Service Education Benefits
- Department of Veteran Affairs
- Minnesota Dislocated Worker Program
- Alternative Loans
- Tax Benefits for Education
- Employer/Union Tuition Coverage: Many employers and unions have funds available to support worker education and skills upgrades. We can provide the necessary documentation to help you take advantage of these programs through your employer or union.
Courses, Credits, and Formats
All courses are taught by nationally and internationally recognized faculty involved in alternative dispute resolution practice, research, public and teaching.
|Core (10 credits)||Credits||Online||On Campus
|Theories of Conflict||2||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Current Elective Options (4 credits required)||Credits||Summer||Study Abroad|
|Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution||2||Yes|
|Environmental Conflict Management & Dispute Resolution||2||Yes|
|Decision Making in a Chaotic Reality||2||Yes|
|Conflict Coaching for Workplace Conflicts||2||Yes|
|Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions||2||Yes|
|Introduction to U.S. Arbitration Law: Domestic and International Aspects||2||Yes|
|International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement||2||Yes|
|International Commercial Arbitration: Theory and Practice||2||Yes|
For Online elective credit options consult the Online Course Sequence and Schedule below.
Upon admission, students are assigned to an academic advisor who will serve in that capacity for the duration of their program. Advisors provide counsel on the full range of academic issues including:
- Course format selection and program planning
- Registration issues
- Academic concerns
- Certificate progress
- Transfer credit requests
- The interpretation of academic policies
- Resource referrals
State Eligibility and Complaint Process
Mitchell Hamline School of Law, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Mitchell Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.
Contact Kitty.Atkins@mitchellhamline.edu | 651-695-7677