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Pathway from MBA to MDR

Apply Credits earned for a MBA Concentration in Dispute Resolution toward a Master's in Dispute Resolution

Students in Pepperdine's full-time and fully employed MBA programs have a unique opportunity to count classes taken with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Caruso School of Law for the Concentration in Dispute Resolution toward a Master's in Dispute Resolution.

Pepperdine's Straus Institute is recognized as one of the leading dispute resolution programs in the country and has been ranked as the #1 program for 13 of the past 16 years. The MDR equips you to lead your organization through difficult moments efficiently while strengthening relationships, partnerships and alliances. The next wave of business professionals recognize the need for conflict resolution skill-sets in an increasingly diverse, technological and global business environment.

Through this program, 12 units of dispute resolution classes taken at Caruso School of Law toward the Concentration in Dispute Resolution can also count toward a Master's in Dispute Resolution (MDR) reducing the overall units required to earn the MDR. The MDR is normally a 32 unit program. MBA students, who have taken Straus courses to earn a Concentration in Dispute Resolution, can apply to the MDR with advanced standing and count up to 12 units of law school coursework toward both the MBA and MDR degrees. By participating in the concentration, MBA students can earn an MDR by completing only 20 additional units.

MBA students interested in earning the MDR need to submit the MDR application.

Students currently pursuing a dispute resolution concentration as part of the 5 year BSM/MBA program are not eligible to count concentration courses towards a Master's in Dispute Resolution.

Learn more about earning a concentration in Dispute Resolution as part of your MBA degree. 

To learn more about the MDR, click here. 

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