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Master of Dispute Resolution / Master of Public Policy (MDR /MPP)

The Master of Dispute Resolution and Master of Public Policy (MDR/MPP) degree program is a joint program between the School of Public Policy and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution of the School of Law.

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution program is well established and well regarded, having been ranked Number One in for five consecutive years as the best Master of Dispute Resolution program in the country by U.S. News and World Report. The School of Public Policy program, while newer in origin, draws deeply on our nation's ethical and historical roots.

The joint MDR/MPP degree program requires a total of 82 credit units: 26 units in dispute resolution courses and 56 credits in public policy. Normally, completing a Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) and a Master of Public Policy (MPP) separately would require 32 and 64 credit units, respectively, or a total of 96 credit units. With careful planning, it is envisioned that MPP students could complete their MDR requirements in summer sessions and/or the winter intensive terms falling before, within, or after the two-year MPP program.

Applicants to the joint program must apply and be granted admission to both the School of Public Policy and the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. The admission requirements for potential joint MDR/MPP students are identical to the admission requirements for the MDR and MPP degree programs if pursued separately.

With the concurrent approval of the deans of the School of Law and the School of Public Policy, the joint MDR/MPP degree may be pursued by a School of Public Policy student with advanced standing. Again, admission to the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution would have to be separately granted. In addition, with the concurrent approval of the deans of the School of Law and the School of Public Policy, the joint MDR/MPP degree also may be pursued by a Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution student with advanced standing. Again, admission to the School of Public Policy would have to be separately granted.