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Certificate in Dispute Resolution

Expand Your Education with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution From the Top Program in the Nation!

Learn the Skills to Manage Conflict

The Certificate in Dispute Resolution is also available as a stand alone program. The Certificate can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis with courses available in one week, two-weekend and the traditional fifteen week format. The 14 unit program can be complete in one semester or up to three years. To apply, Certificate applicants need to complete the Straus Institute Application for admission.

Complement Your Pepperdine Education

The Certificate in Dispute Resolution can be earned with the following Pepperdine degrees:

  • Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Fully Employed MBA
  • Full Time MBA
  • Masters of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML)
  • Master of Arts in Clinic Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MFT)
  • Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership (EDOL)

Applicants for a joint Pepperdine JD/Certificate can complete the Certificate Application for Current Pepperdine students.

Applicants for joint Pepperdine Certificate in any other Pepperdine graduate program can complete the Certificate application for current Pepperdine graduate students

Complement your Non-Pepperdine JD

Students in law programs across the nation choose to take summer or winter intensive courses in dispute resolution at Pepperdine. These students can now work towards a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from the Straus Institute while pursuing a JD at another institution. In many instances, these courses are transferable to their home program. To apply, visiting JD students will need to complete the Straus Institute Application for admission.

Why Get a Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine?

 Flexible Scheduling

Flexible Schedule at Straus Institute

With courses available in one-week, two-weekend and the traditional full-semester format, professionals in the field can pursue the program on a part-time or full-time basis at a pace that matches their busy schedule.

 Award Winning Dispute Resolution Program

US News Ranking - Best Dispute Resolution Program

In addition to U.S. News & World Report, Pepperdine has been recognized by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, California Dispute Resolution Council, American College of Civil Trial Mediators and the International Academy of Mediators.

Read more about U.S. News Rankings

 Translate Theory into Practice

Mediation Class at Straus Institute

Gain practical experience learning to negotiate, mediate and arbitrate. Students have the opportunity to develop their skills mediating real cases through the clinical and externship programs.

 Most Extensive Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Straus Institute Curriclum

Pepperdine offers the most comprehensive curriculum with over 50 different dispute resolution courses for the Certificate, Masters and LLM in Dispute Resolution programs.

 World's Largest Conflict Resolution Library

AAA Library at Straus Institute, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Pepperdine is home to the American Arbitration Association Library and Information Center Collection. Founded in 1954 the AAA Library is the largest collection of conflict materials with over 24,000 titles.