Organizational Leadership/Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (Dual Master of Science Degrees)

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With a Master of Science (MS) in organizational leadership and Master of Science (MS) in negotiation and conflict resolution, you’ll gain leadership skills from a unique perspective.

A great leader must do more than establish a vision and goals. Collaborative problem solving and conflict management are skills necessary for any leader to provide the motivation and dedication to those who will carry out that vision.

The combination of the MS in organizational leadership and the MS in negotiation and dispute resolution will increase your capacity for success in any leadership role. You’ll develop an understanding of the influence conflict dynamics has on individuals, groups, and organizations to manage challenging situations effectively.

Maybe you’re in a demanding leadership role already and need to add to your conflict management skills set. Or perhaps you want to become a leader who can manage or minimize conflict in an increasingly complex and diverse landscape. Wherever you are now, this program will prepare you for success.

Plus, with a flexible combination of online and on-campus courses available, there’s no need to put your career on hold.


Obtaining dual graduate degrees opens up many possibilities for career advancement or a new direction. Employment postings for individuals with graduate degrees and leadership skills increased nationwide by 23 percent between January 2012 and December 2013.

Once you finish the program, you might seek a leadership position with your current employer. You might also work for a large corporation, many of which need leaders in internal dispute resolution programs. Government agencies also need leaders in alternative dispute resolution programs.

Graduates from our negotiation and conflict management programs include:

  • politicians
  • military leaders
  • human resource managers
  • lawyers
  • project managers
  • consultants
  • educators
  • dispute resolution administrators
  • case managers
  • entrepreneurs

What You'll Learn

  • Innovate, adapt and act in a changing world
  • Make data-driven and strategic decisions
  • Communicate and engage effectively with and across different organizations and stakeholders
  • Manage conflict and facilitate group processes
  • Practice reflective professional development in alignment with Ignatian values
  • Effectively apply technology to conflict engagement processes


Students wishing to obtain the MS in organizational leadership/MS in negotiation and conflict resolution degree will complete 47 credits across both programs. The 36-credit MS in organizational leadership can be completed by utilizing 9 credits of NCR courses as electives in the program. The 32-credit MS in negotiation and conflict resolution will be completed by replacing 9 credits with MSL courses. The completion of one 3-credit practicum will accommodate the capstone for both programs.

The program can be completed within 2-3 years. You can take classes online, on campus, or both depending on availability.

Online NCR Requirements

NDR 620 Introduction Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
MSL 600 Leadership Theory, Application and Reflection
MSL 603 Leading Innovation and Adaptive Change
NDR 623 Online Dispute Resolution
NDR 624 Dynamics of Conflict
NDR 625 Systems and Consulting for Conflict Specialists
NDR 626 Culture, Gender and Power Differences in Conflict
NDR 627 Facilitation and Group Processes
NDR 628 Mediation Residence
MSL 630 Clinical Collaboration & Decision-Making for non-Clinical Leaders
NDR 633 Applied Disciplinary Research
NDR 733 Practicum or MSL 590 Project-based Capstone

MSL Requirements, MSL Core

MSL 601 Strategic Orienteering and Execution Tactics
MSL 604 Effective Approaches to Human Capital
MSL 602 Communicating and Leading Across Cultures
MSL 790 Project-based Capstone

MSL Electives

MSL Elective TBD
MSL Elective TBD

Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements for the dual degree program are the same as those for the negotiation and conflict resolution master’s degree.

Preferred Application Deadline

Domestic: December 1 for spring and May 1 for summer entry, August 1 for fall entry
International: Students should apply at least three months in advance of anticipated start date in order to get all paperwork processed.

Admissions Requirements for the On-Campus Program:

Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree and submit the following documents:

  • Completed application and non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation (please use the electronic recommendation process with the online application). The recommendations should be completed and submitted by persons other than family members who are qualified to assess your performance in an academic or work setting.
  • Statement of purpose (500-750 words): Based on your CV/Resume and your other application materials, we should have a good picture of where you have been and what you have done, with a focus on the goals you have set for yourself, and why this program is a good fit for you.
  • A short writing sample in response to the exercise listed on the admissions writing exercise (1000 words)
  • Resume
  • An interview with a faculty member
  • Bachelor’s degree and transcripts for all bachelor’s and post-bachelor’s coursework, sent directly from the issuing school and containing the institution’s official stamp.
  • International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements
  • International applicants who are formally admitted must complete and submit a Certification of Available Finances Form through the Global Engagement Office

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