What will I learn?

Pepperdine's Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) is available for students looking to work in a variety of law and non-law areas. The study of conflict is not limited to the legal profession. Students have applied their MDR to areas including human resources, law enforcement, business counseling, education, international diplomacy, and more.

At the Forefront of Legal Education

Over 95% of cases filed in the courts are handled under dispute resolution processes like negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Law students, attorneys, and non-law practitioners chose to equip themselves to handle this next generation of conflict. Pepperdine's hands-on approach with lectures, discussions and simulated exercises better prepare students to manage conflict in a variety of environments.

Required Courses
12 units (10 units required for law students)

One Arbitration Course: Cross-Cultural Conflict and Dispute Resolution

Arbitration Law+, Arbitration Practice and Advocacy, International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine, or International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice

Introduction to US Law (for non-lawyers and non-law students)

Mediation Theory and Practice

Negotiation Theory and Practice

Psychology of Conflict Communication

* If this course was not taken to fulfill the arbitration requirement, it can be taken as an elective.

+ This course is only available to law students, law school graduates or LLM candidates.

Elective Courses
16 units required (18 units required for law students)

Advanced Mediation Seminar

Advanced Trial Practice +

Appellate Advocacy +

Arbitration Law * +

Arbitration Practice and Advocacy *

Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: London/Geneva

Current Issues in International Dispute Resolution: Hong Kong/Beijing

Dispute Resolution in Education

Dispute Resolution and Religion

Dispute Resolution Law Journal (up to 4 units) (JD students only)

Divorce and Family Mediation

Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution

Fair Employment and Housing Mediation Clinic

Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking

Honors Appellate Advocacy (JD students only)

Honors Negotiation Advocacy (JD students only)

Honors Mediation Advocacy (JD students only)

International Commercial Arbitration Procedure and Practice *

International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine *

International Commercial Arbitration **

International Investment Disputes

International Litigation +

Interviewing, Counseling and Planning

Investor Advocacy Clinic (JD students only)

Lawyering Process +

Mediation Clinic

Moot Court- International (JD students only)

Moot Court- Interschool Competition (JD students only)

Restorative Justice

Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution: Special Education Advocacy Clinic +

Apology, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
Conflict Consulting and Coaching
Decision Making Under Conflict
Dispute Resolution and Technology
Employment Disputes
Entertainment Industry Disputes
Entertainment and Sports
Ethical Practices in Dispute Resolution
Facilitating Dynamic Groups
Healthcare Dispute Resolution
Intellectual Property
International Identity Based Conflict and Dispute Resolution
Labor Disputes
Leadership and Conflict
Managing Litigation and Conflict for Corporations and Organizations
Mass Torts
Online Dispute Resolution
Strategic Alliances
Systems Design

Which department am I in?

Caruso School of Law

Study options

Full Time (2 Semesters)

Tuition fees
US$67,680.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, May, August 2022


Caruso School of Law

24255 Pacific Coast Highway,



90263, United States

Online/Distance (Full-time basis (in as few as 16 months) or part-time basis (in as few as 28 months))

Tuition fees
US$69,760.00 per year
USD $2,180 per unit
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a minimum score of 600 on paper based TOEFL and a computer-based score of 250.

For international students

Master of Dispute Resolution programs require a Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).

International applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency via the TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.