The Dispute Resolution Field

In the past 25 years, dispute resolution has developed a groundswell of interest from the private sector, public sector and consumer groups — all wanting to learn how to prevent the escalation of conflict and quickly resolve existing conflict. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in 2006 that jobs for mediators will increase nationally by five percent by '12. 

Marquette has been a leader in the field, establishing the Center for Dispute Resolution Education in 1993. The university created a 15-credit graduate certificate in dispute resolution in 1995 and, in 2006, a 33-credit master’s degree in dispute resolution. Marquette is the 17th American college or university to offer the degree.

Dispute resolution combines the research and experience of law, business, communication, psychology and sociology, and students study about ombuds systems in corporate America, mediation and arbitration in court-connected programs, and end-of-life issues in health care. There are countless opportunities to use dispute resolution processes in peoples' daily personal and professional lives.

News Article: Mediator - As one of the 50 best careers of 2010, this should have strong growth over the next decade, U.S. News, December 28, 2009



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