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2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, M.A.

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Advisement for the program is available from the Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution  Department.

The Master of Arts in conflict analysis and dispute resolution (CADR) addresses the growing need for highly skilled conflict resolution practitioners to work within judicial, governmental, social service and prIVA- te sector systems. This is a quickly growing field, with governments and corporations increasingly using mediation and other conflict resolution processes in their day-to-day operations. Students with any undergraduate major may pursue the degree.

The program is closely integrated with the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, which functions as a ‘teaching hospital,’ offering extensive opportunities for students to get involved in both research and practice. The academic and clinical faculty members work closely with students, ensuring that each student gains valuable hands-on experience in the field, specifically tailored to their individual career goals.

The curriculum combines advanced skill development with a strong theory base, providing a well-rounded education that allows students to apply theory in the real world. The curriculum also includes a strong emphasis on research skills for those students planning to continue their post-graduate study.


Admission to the Masters of Arts in CADR at SU requires an application for graduate program admission; the application fee; official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended; if applying for in-state tuition, a Residency/Domicile Information Form; and the following additional application documents and requirements specified by the CADR program:

  • An undergraduate degree (preferably in CADR or a related field) with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

  • M.A. in CADR application form.

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to judge the applicant’s ability to do graduate work in CADR.

  • Personal statement detailing the applicant’s goals and objectives. The essay should outline the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a M.A. in CADR.

  • A writing sample. Applicants should submit a sample work of 5-10 pages that demonstrates their writing abilities.

  • Fulfillment of the University requirements for international students as outlined in this catalog, if applicable.

All application materials should be received by the CADR graduate program director by March 15 for consideration of acceptance into the fall class. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for admission in the fall term. The M.A. program is delivered as a full-time, cohort model; although students may occasionally be accepted for the spring term, or ess often on a part-time basis. In making admission decisions, the committee is looking at the overall set of materials.

Program Policies

  • This program follows a full-time cohort model beginning in the fall. Students may occasionally be accepted for the spring term or, less often, on a part-time basis.
  • Complete 36 credit hours for the M.A. in CADR.

  • The program consists of 8 core courses (24 credits), 2 electives (6 credits), a field practicum (3 credits) and a thesis project or professional development project (3 credits).

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with no more than 2 C or C+ grades.

  • Complete satisfactory performance on oral and written examinations.

  • The program should be completed within 7 years of admission.


This checklist is an unofficial tool for planning. Matriculated students and advisors should consult the Academic Requirements Report in GullNet before and after registering for classes each semester to track academic progress.

Program Requirements

Field Practicum (1 Course)

Elective Courses (2 Courses)

Complete 2 from the Following:

Thesis/Professional Development Project (1 Course)

Complete 1 from the Following:

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