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Dual Degree MSCM and MBA


In partnership the Coles College of Business, we now offer a dual degree program the combines the skills of the Master of Science in Conflict Management and the Master of Business Administration. The MSCM/MBA dual degree prepares students for competitive leadership and managerial positions in careers requiring extensive understanding and interaction with conflict management and business acumen.

The students’ desire for this program comes from the extensive interaction between the two sectors in areas such as global project management, negotiations, and contracting. The programs are completed in 53 credit hours rather than the 72 hours that would be necessary if they degrees were pursued separately.

Graduates of this program will:

  • Develop negotiation, facilitation, mediation, and coaching skills.
  • Utilize research and leadership skills.
  • Apply problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
  • Understand financial, legal, marketing, and human resources.
  • Analyze complex social, economic, and political influences.
  • Construct project management strategies.
  • Evaluate ethics and diversity.

  • Program Admission Requirements

    To be admitted into the dual degree program, the applicant must specify the option at the time of application to the Graduate School. Students interested in applying for the MBA-MSCM dual degree program should consult with both the MSCM Director and MBA Director with regard to admission requirements and required courses. Applicants will be reviewed individually by both Program Directors.

    To be considered for admission to the dual degree program, applicants must complete the electronic Application for Graduate Admission and submit the following supporting documents by the the final deadline July 1, 2017.

    The Admission Requirements are the same as the Admission Requirements for regular MSCM students except students must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

    The GMAT is a standardized assessment of preparation for advanced study in business. For more information, visit The Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). For all MSCM/MBA dual degree program applicants, the Coles College offers a complimentary four-session GMAT Prep Seminar (capacity limits apply). CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION.


    Curriculum Requirements

    The program consists of a minimum of 53 hours of graduate study of which 27 hours are in areas of Business Administration and 26 hours are in Conflict Management. Additional credit hours may be taken depending on each student’s academic background. It generally takes approximately three years to earn both degrees for a full-time student.

    Students will be required to take the core courses from both MBA and MSCM programs as well as two electives in the Coles College of Business:

    Semester 1: Fall

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • MSCM 7210
      Conflict Theory
      3
    • MSCM 7220
      Negotation Theory
      3
    • MSCM 7230
      ADR Continuum
      1
    • MSCM 7205
      Basic Mediation Training Clinic
      2

    Semester 2: Spring

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • MSCM 7400
      Conflict Management Research Methods
      3
    • MSCM 7310
      Critical Knowledge and Skills of Conflict Management: Interpersonal, Intergroup, and Community Conflict, Workplace/Organizational Conflict
      3
    • MSCM 7315
      Organization and Workplace Conflict
      2
    • MSCM 7325

      or

      MSCM 7355
      Advanced Civil Mediation Clinic

      or

      Advanced International Mediation Clinic
      3
    • MSCM 7335

      or

      MSCM 7365
      Organizational Leadership

      or

      Humanitarian Crisis Intervention
      3

    Semester 3: Summer

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • MSCM 7320
      Public Policy Disputes/ Cross Cultural-International Conflict Resolution
      3
    • MSCM 7500
      Dispute Systems Design
      3

    Semester 4 and all the following semesters

    The list below includes the final required MSCM course for semester 4. The remaining required courses for the MBA program may be taken in any order.

    • Course
      Title
      Credits
    • MSCM 7705
      Advanced Skills Clinic-Domestic Medaition, Grant Writing, or Case Study Evaluation
      2
    • IS 8090
      Leveraging Information Systems in Business
      3
    • ACCT 8000
      Accounting Insights for Managers
      3
    • ECON 8010
      Resource Allocation and Decision Analysis
      3
    • FIN 8020
      Business Finance
      3
    • MKTG 8030
      Strategic Marketing
      3
    • MGT 8040
      Managing the Value Chain
      3
    • MGT 8050
      Managing and Leading Work Behavior
      3
    • MGT 8999
      Strategic Management: An Integrative Capstone Experience
      3
    • ONE MBA Elective
      One Elective from the Coles College of Business. Must be an international elective.
      3

    • Program Total (53 Credit Hours)