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An Accelerated Online Masters Degree Conflict Management Program for You

written by: Sonal Panse•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/14/2009

An accelerated online masters degree conflict management program covers the various aspects of why conflicts arise and how they can be resolved. Conflict managers are required in most organizations to resolve disputes and keep up productivity. Job prospects are good with this online master's degree.

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    What Is Conflict Management?

    Conflict management is concerned with recognizing how different types of conflicts arise and knowing how to deal with these in an appropriate manner, possibly by bringing about a suitable resolution acceptable to the conflicting parties. Personal and professional conflicts, unless they are resolved quickly and efficiently, can have a negative effect on work productivity and business profit. To avoid this, it has become common for many private, public, non-profit and government run companies and organizations from various sectors to engage trained conflict managers to settle any issues that arise. Conflict managers can help bring about better understanding, communication and mutual respect in a work place, leading to increased work participation and improved teamwork.

    The accelerated online masters degree conflict management program is ideal for working professionals looking to enhance their careers with a management degree. In this degree program, students will get training using different conflict management techniques, strategies and approaches. Graduates of this program can gain the following skills:

    • Understand the theories of conflict.
    • Recognize causes of personal and workplace conflicts.
    • Use the proper negotiation skills to resolve issues.
    • Mediate using clear communication and peace building efforts.
    • Resolve conflicts in an ethical and legal way.
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    Obtaining This Degree

    To obtain this online master's degree, it will help to have excellent communication skills, people skills and management skills. Students should:

    • Research colleges offering this master's degree and check their accreditation.
    • Find out about the learning and job placement experiences of former students.
    • Find out about the courses offered in the program, the course schedule and teaching methodology.
    • Find out about the computer software and hardware required.
    • Find out about admission requirements, tuition fees, financial aid and last dates for admission applications.
    • Complete and submit admission application in time.
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    Sullivan University

    Master of Science in Conflict Management

    An undergraduate degree is necessary for pursuing this degree. Tuition fee is $485 per credit, and a total of 48 credits are required for the degree. Courses in this program are as follows:

    • ADR Specialist Diagnostics and Skills
    • Managerial Communication Skills
    • Conflict Theories: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
    • Dispute Resolution for Managers
    • Conflict and Culture
    • Negotiation in ADR Applications
    • Facilitation Theory and Practice
    • Organizational Conflict Management
    • Conflict Management Capstone

    TUI University

    MBA - Conflict and Negotiation Management

    This program requires a bachelor's degree and, for non-native English speakers, an English language proficiency certification. Students must complete 44 semester credits to get the master's degree. Tuition fee is $345 per credit hour and each course is four semester credits, so that's $1,380 per course. Courses include:

    • Foundations of Conflict Resolutions
    • Mediation and Arbitration
    • Negotiation Strategies
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    The Benefits

    • You don't need to take time off from your current job to take this online program.
    • You can study at your convenience and at your own pace.
    • You can get experience in working with the latest computer technologies.
    • You get the opportunity to interact with fellow students from around the world.
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    Career Prospects

    Trained conflict managers are in increasing demand in various sectors to ensure a good work environment and smooth work operation. As the business place becomes more global and more complex, job opportunities for conflict managers are likely to go up. They can work in health care, education, business and industry, law, government, non-profit organizations, international organizations and so on. Salary for conflict management professionals will vary according to specialty, skill level and experience. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, the median annual salary for human relations managers is $47,000, and for managers employed in the government and non-profit organizations, respectively, it is $69,00 and $68,000.

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    U.S. Bureau of Labor