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Joint Degree Programs

Master of Dispute Resolution/Master of Public Policy (MDR/MPP)

Curriculum

The joint MPP/MDR degree program requires a total of 82 credit units: 26 units in dispute resolution courses and 56 credits in public policy. If undertaken separately, the two programs would require a total of 96 credit units. With careful planning, it is envisioned that MPP students could complete the MDR requirements in summer and/or winter sessions before, within, or after the two-year MPP program. The required 56 units of MPP study and other MPP-related requirements for a joint MPP/MDR are as follows:

MPP 600
The Roots of American Order: What is Public Policy (4 units)

MPP 601
Ethical Dimensions of Public Policy: Great Books and Great Ideas (4 units)

MPP 602
Applied Economic Analysis of Public Policy I (4 units)

MPP 603
Applied Research Methods in Public Policy (4 units)

MPP 604
Political, Organizational, and Strategic Aspects of Public Policy Analysis (4 units)

MPP 605
Applied Economic Analysis of Public Policy II (4 units)

MPP 607
Policy Seminar (4 units)

MPP 699 *
Summer Internship or Field Study (CR/NC)

MPP Electives
Two courses from qualifying MDR-related MPP electives (Four other electives, threee of which must be in chosen specialization) (24 units)

TOTAL: 56 units

The required 26 units of MDR study and other MDR-related requirements for a joint MPP/MDR are as follows:

LAW 380
Mediation Clinic (2 units)

LAW 1632
Arbitration Practice and Advocacy or LAW 372 International Commercial Arbitration (2 units)

LAW 1902
Cross-Cultural Negotiation and Dispute Resolution (2 units)

LAW 1712
Interviewing, Counseling, and Planning (2 units)

LAW 1422
Mediation Theory and Practice (2 units)

LAW 1492
Negotiation Theory and Practice (2 units)

LAW 1302
Psychology of Conflict (2 units)

LAW 1122
Communication and Conflict (2 units)

Dispute Resolution Thesis (6 units)

MDR Electives
Two 2-unit qualifying MDR electives (4 units)

TOTAL: 26 units

* MPP Summer Internship can be substituted for the MDR clinical requirement.