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MBA in Dispute Resolution

Students at the Pepperdine Malibu campus

Available to 15-, and 20-Month MBA Students

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 the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law's internationally-recognized Dispute Resolution program while fulfilling MBA requirements.

The Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution 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. An arm of the Pepperdine University Caruso 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
  • A certificate in dispute resolution from the Pepperdine Caruso 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.

Twelve units are to be selected from the course list below to satisfy the Dispute Resolution concentration. MBA students also may take an additional elective, total of 14 units, at the Straus Institute, Caruso School of Law, toward a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Students may take Law 1492 or LEGL 631, but not both, to satisfy the Dispute Resolution concentration.

Required Courses

  • Law 1422: Mediation Theory and Practice (2)
  • LEGL 631 Negotiation and Resolution of Business Disputes (2) or
    Law 1492 Negotiation Theory and Practice (2)

Choose One:

       Choose one of the following Arbitration Required Courses:

  • Law 1632 Arbitration Practice and Advocacy (2)
  • Law 2832 International Commercial Arbitration Theory and Doctrine (2)
  • Law 2902 International Commercial Arbitration Practice and Procedure (2)

Elective Courses

  • Three elective courses from the Straus Institute (6)

Each course uses 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.

Note: A Graziadio School approved global-related Straus Institute, Caruso School of Law elective course will satisfy the global requirement for the program. Additional information on the Dispute Resolution concentration can be found here.

Dispute Resolution Contact Information

For additional information about this area of concentration for Full-Time MBA candidates, please contact Randi Redman at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law: