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Dispute Resolution

5-Year BS/MBA Concentrations


Recognizing that problem-solving skills and deal-making are essential management tools, the Graziadio School, in conjunction with the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, provides MBA students an opportunity to study in Pepperdine School of Law's internationally recognized Dispute Resolution program while fulfilling MBA requirements.

An arm of the Pepperdine University
School of Law, the Straus Institute offers two tracks of study for MBA students: individual courses in dispute resolution or a 14-unit curriculum that allows students to earn an MBA with a concentration in dispute resolution from the Graziadio School and a certificate in dispute resolution from the School of Law. In addition to the Straus Institute requirements, students enrolled in the concentration must complete an additional 2-unit elective at the Graziadio School.

The Straus Institute offers the most extensive law school dispute resolution curriculum in the country and is annually recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a prominent leader in this field. Some of the courses taught in this program include:
  • Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy
  • Commercial and International Dispute Resolution
  • Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental and Public Policy Dispute Resolution
  • Dispute Resolution in the Entertainment Industry
  • Communication and Conflict
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Investment Disputes 

Each course utilizes an interactive participation format and integrates skills-building experiences as well as an academic understanding of the subject matter. To encourage faculty mentoring and coaching of students, course enrollment is limited to 20-24 participants.

For additional information, contact Tim Pownall at (310) 506-4655 or e-mail tim.pownall@pepperdine.edu.