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326 Master's Degrees Annually
22 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#174 in Popularity (Master's)
$70,730 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Dispute Resolution Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many dispute resolution graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 326
Graduate Certificate 174
Doctor’s Degree 22

What Dispute Resolution Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to dispute resolution were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Dispute Resolution Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Personnel and Human Resources - Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Dispute Resolution Majors

dispute resolution majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Negotiation - Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Persuasion - Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.

Abilities for Dispute Resolution Majors

A major in dispute resolution will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Dispute Resolution Major?

People with a dispute resolution degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 11.5% $62,270

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution?

326 Master's Degrees Annually
61% Percent Women
34% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
The major attracts more women than men. About 61% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of dispute resolution majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Dispute Resolution Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 56
Hispanic or Latino 32
White 116
International Students 60
Other Races/Ethnicities 55

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Dispute Resolution. About 18.4% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • Mexico
  • Nigeria

How Much Do Dispute Resolution Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

Data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that dispute resolution students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree made a median starting salary of $66,900 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $61,350 (25th percentile) and $67,450 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in dispute resolution, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $70,730 to $72,760 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to dispute resolution. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with dispute resolution require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to dispute resolution have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 10.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.3%
Some College Courses 4.3%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 4.3%
Bachelor’s Degree 25.6%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 14.9%
Master’s Degree 19.2%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 8.5%
Doctoral Degree 2.1%
Post-Doctoral Training 2.1%

Online Dispute Resolution Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 schools offered some type of dispute resolution program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 6 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 2 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 17 9
Post-Baccalaureate 6 2
Master’s Degree 21 7
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Dispute Resolution Worth It?

The median salary for a dispute resolution grad is $70,730 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 77% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $616,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to dispute resolution.

Major Number of Grads
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2,661
Nutrition Science 1,439
Sustainability Science 1,184
International Studies 1,182
Computational Science 763
Behavioral Science 724
Museum Studies 710
Gerontology 645
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 630
Biological & Physical Science 611
Human Computer Interaction 562
Systems Theory 460
Historic Preservation 292
Interdisciplinary Studies 213
Mathematics & Computer Science 189
Science, Technology & Society 187
Cognitive Science 152
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 131
Natural Sciences 94
Marine Science 92
Cultural Studies & Analysis 69
Medieval Studies 49
Classical & Ancient Studies 30
Holocaust Studies 30
Maritime Studies 20
Accounting & Computer Science 10
Human Biology 8
Biopsychology 1

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