Mini Master of Administration of Not-for-Profit Operations (M.M.A.)

Emphasis Legal Aspects of Mediation & Arbitration

Program Description

This program provides training for both mediation and arbitration. The program includes skill building opportunities in areas such as communication, negotiation, and facilitation for mediation and arbitration practice. You will learn the three phases that are used typically used: pre-interview, mediation procedure, and post interview. Then, you will apply this knowledge to simulated role plays, focused on workplace and commercial disputes. Arbitration differs from mediation in that an arbitrator actually renders decisions in disputes whereas a mediator facilitates a collaborative solution designed by the parties in dispute. As part of the arbitration training, you will learn how to facilitate a hearing, weigh evidence and testimony, and render an award.

Learning Outcomes

Among the widely applicable skills you will hone through the program are:

• Problem-solving
• Active listening tools
• Effective questioning techniques
• Persuasion
• Methods for breaking an impasse
• Closing a deal
• Drafting settlement agreements
• Interacting with judges and court personnel

Courses

ROM 510 Introduction to Mediation (3 Credit Hours)
ROM 520 Advanced Mediation (3 Credit Hours)
ROM 511 Introduction to Arbitration (3 Credit Hours)
ROM 521 Advanced Arbitration (3 Credit Hours)
ROM 650 Mini-Thesis (3 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours for the Mini-Masters: 15 Semester credit hours

Course Descriptions

ROM 510 Introduction to Mediation (3 Credit Hours)

This is an introductory look at the common concepts in mediation. Topics include: practical mediation techniques, workplace disputes, conflict simulations, emotional responses and partiality, synthesizing of feedback, and structure and methodology.

ROM 520 Advanced Mediation (3 Credit Hours)

This course builds upon the knowledge gained in the Introduction to Mediation course. Advanced mediation topics include: domestic violence, mediation ethics and high-stress situations. Students also examine case studies. Special topics in upper-level mediation courses include complicated family conflicts, power imbalances, parental alienation and communication barriers.

ROM 511 Introduction to Arbitration (3 Credit Hours)

This is an introductory look at arbitration, justice, and ethics. Topics include: the preliminary conference, a brief account of directing the hearing, closing the hearing, and rendering the award.

ROM 521 Advanced Arbitration (3 Credit Hours)

This course builds upon the knowledge gained in the Introduction to Arbitration course. A more in-depth view of the preliminary conference, directing the hearing in detail, closing the hearing, rendering the award, and international arbitration.

ROM 650 Mini-Thesis (3 Credit Hours)

This course focuses on the problems encountered in researching and writing a min-thesis. The writing and speaking assignments culminate in a mini-thesis and an oral presentation.