Conflict and Dispute Resolution Graduate Certificate

Conflict and Dispute Resolution students in the classroom

Why study conflict and dispute resolution at Missouri State?

  • Our certificate program is offered through the Center for Dispute Resolution, which provides you with the unique opportunity to participate in mediation trainings and sessions.
  • This program can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or as a supplement to a master’s program.
  • Our program prepares you to respond to a variety of conflict situations, from family to organizational to community issues.
  • Elective coursework allows you to tailor the certificate program to best support your educational and professional goals.

Managing conflict effectively and successfully

Conflict occurs in a variety of contexts, from family life to work environments to the larger community. To develop your understanding of and ability to manage conflict effectively, the graduate certificate in conflict and dispute resolution blends courses in theory and law with opportunities to directly apply your education in an internship or service-learning setting.

By specializing in conflict and dispute resolution, you will become a more effective communicator, a better equipped leader and a stronger collaborator. These skills are an asset to a number of professions and prepare you to intervene in a variety of conflict situations.

Program requirements

The graduate certificate in conflict and dispute resolution is a16-hour program that includes two courses in communication and conflict theory, one course in law or ethics, two elective courses and an applied experience. Through elective courses, you can integrate the study of conflict with your unique area of study, preparing you for a variety of careers. 

You may pursue the certificate in conflict and dispute resolution as a stand-alone certificate program or in partnership with another graduate program. For more information please contact The Center for Dispute Resolution at 417-836-8831 or

Contact information

For more information about specific requirements for the graduate certificate in conflict and dispute resolution, visit the Center for Dispute Resolution. You may also contact Dr. Charlene Berquist, the program director, to schedule an appointment to further discuss this certificate program.