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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

Dispute Resolution majors often go into careers in which the following 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

When studying dispute resolution, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

As you progress with your dispute resolution degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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

The median early-career salary of dispute resolution students with a master’s degree is $66,900 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $61,350 (25th percentile) and $67,450 (75th percentile).

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It is possible that some of these people may have taken positions that were not related to dispute resolution.

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 degrees associated with dispute resolution may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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 2018-2019, 38 schools offered a dispute resolution program of some type. 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 37,392
Biological & Physical Science 29,278
International Studies 7,967
Interdisciplinary Studies 6,609
Nutrition Science 4,794
Behavioral Science 3,731
Natural Sciences 2,571
Cognitive Science 2,275
Sustainability Science 2,194
Human Biology 1,460
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 1,310
Gerontology 1,281
Human Computer Interaction 1,272
Science, Technology & Society 1,171
Mathematics & Computer Science 1,105
Computational Science 927
Systems Theory 917
Museum Studies 801
Historic Preservation 433
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 424
Classical & Ancient Studies 303
Marine Science 275
Cultural Studies & Analysis 227
Biopsychology 165
Medieval Studies 108
Accounting & Computer Science 71
Maritime Studies 45
Holocaust Studies 40

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