Note:The Dispute Resolution Specialization is unavailable at this time. However, you may want to consider: general track leadership or specializations in health care administration, nonprofit sector administration or sports leadership.

Who is it for?

The specialization is designed to train professionals seeking to practice as third party neutrals in the field of dispute resolution, or to be knowledgeable participants in the dispute resolution process.


The Dispute Resolution specialization can serve people working in all fields and at all levels, including:

  • Law
  • Human resources
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Law enforcement
  • Health care
  • Education


To earn a master's degree in leadership studies, students must complete 36 hours of course work.

Leadership Studies Core Courses (18 credits)

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
LEDR 6000 History and Theory of Leadership and Ethics* 3 credit hours
LEDR 6005 Self-Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6010 Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Team Leadership 3 credit hours
LEDR 6025 Research Methods 3 credit hours
LEDR 6015 Influence of Leadership on Behavior in Organizations --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6020 Leaders as Worldly Citizens 3 credit hours
LEDR 6030 Qualitative Research and the Social Impact on Leaders' Decisions --- OR --- 3 credit hours
LEDR 6035 Applied Quantitative methods in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours
  *Prereq for all LEDR course work  


Dispute Resolution Specialization Courses (12 credits)

Note: If students want to also receive a Graduate Certificate in Dispute Resolution, they must apply for that program and take the additional course necessary. For more information contact the college office.

Class Name Course Title Credit Hours
DIRS 6600 Mediation* 3 credit hours
DIRS 6605 Advanced Mediation 3 credit hours
DIRS 6610 Dispute Resolution Theory 3 credit hours
DIRS 6615 Advanced Issues in Dispute Resolution 3 credit hours
  *Prereq for all DIRS coursework  


Integrative Learning Options

Integrative Learning Options (choose one)

Professional Project

  • Six (6) credits of a professional project. This course is taken three credits at a time, preferably in two consecutive semesters. The professional project courses are generally not offered during summer.

There are basically two (2) options for a professional project.

  1. Work independently with a faculty advisor and possibly an organization to produce a research based service or product.
  2. Submit for publication to a peer reviewed journal the findings from a research study, which has been supervised by a faculty member.

Comprehensive Exams*

  • Thirty-six (36) credits of course work followed by a comprehensive examination. Students will take: 18 required core credits, 12 required specialization credits, and the final 6 credits should be approved by the program advisor.


Contact College of Professional Studies

Email the college

Marquette University College of Professional Studies
707 Building, Room 403
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee WI 53201-1881
Phone: (414) 288-3153 or (800) 793-6450, extension 2
FAX: (414) 288-3298