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master of dispute resolution / master of business administration (mdr/mba)

a unique joint program

the master of dispute resolution and master of business administration (mdr/mba) degree program is a joint program between graziadio business school and the straus institute for dispute resolution of the caruso school of law. classes in dispute resolution are available on both the west los angeles and malibu campuses.

students in pepperdine's mba program can pursue a concentration or emphasis in dispute resolution as part of their mba elective courses. through this program, 12 - 14 units of dispute resolution classes will count towards the concentration or emphasis in dispute resolution requirement as mba elective courses. students interested in the master's in dispute resolution (mdr) program can count these classes towards the mdr program, leaving 18 - 20 units to complete the mdr program. the mdr program is normally a 32 unit program.  by participating in the emphasis or concentration mba students can complete the mdr by completing the remaining 18 - 20 units.

applicants to the joint program must apply and be granted admission to both the graziadio business school and the straus institute for dispute resolution. the admission requirements for potential joint mdr/mba students are identical to the admission requirements for the mdr and mba degree programs if pursued separately.

students currently pursuing a dispute resolution concentration as part of the 5 year bsm/mba program are not eligible to count concentration courses towards a master's in dispute resolution. 

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graziadio business school

mba programs at pepperdine university graziadio business school are top-ranked by forbes, bloomberg businessweek, and U.S. news & World Report. classes are offered at multiple campus locations and fit the busy schedules of both full- and part-time students.

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straus institute for dispute resolution

ranked number one in the nation by U.S. news & World Report 13 of the last 16 years, the straus institute trains degree candidates and professionals to be more effective as negotiators, problem solvers, and peacemakers.