Master of Dispute Resolution Curriculum

Pepperdine Law’s online Master of Dispute Resolution (MDR) program is composed of 32 units that include foundation courses, core courses, residency courses, and elective courses.

All students will begin with the foundation and core courses and then customize their learning experience by selecting from the list of elective courses. MDR students have the opportunity to choose up to 4 units of electives offered in the Master of Legal Studies program. Students will also attend two in-person residencies, worth 1 unit each.

The curriculum can be completed on a full-time basis (in as few as 16 months) or part-time basis (in as few as 28 months). See a sample course schedule.

Master of Dispute Resolution Courses

Foundation Courses (8 units)

Core Courses (8 units)

Residencies (2 units)

Elective Courses (14 units)

Master of Legal Studies Elective Courses (up to 4 units)

Online MDR students may take up to two courses (or 4 units) from the online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program, excluding any courses taken to fulfill the core courses requirement.