The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University's Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution is designed to provide professionals the skills and knowledge to effectively navigate conflict in various circumstances and environments.
ASU Online offers start dates every 7.5 weeks.
Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year
Required number of credits to complete this degree.

Conflict is everywhere. The best leaders know how to manage and resolve conflicts before they become major distractions or create negative consequences. Having the right perspective, along with effective problem-solving skills, will make you an indispensable leader within your company and community. The Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University's Master of Legal Studies with an emphasis in Conflict Resolution is designed to provide professionals the skills and knowledge to effectively navigate conflict in various circumstances and environments. Taught by experienced faculty and professionals, this program will provide you with a background in legal principles and analysis to lay the foundation for practical problem-solving strategies and conflict resolution techniques. If you are looking to enhance your career opportunities or improve your interpersonal and conflict resolution skills, this is the program for you.

Students are seeking advancement in the field where mediation and dispute resolution is a priority. Many of these courses touch almost all professional careers, we all have to deal with conflict and understanding how it works, how to resolve it, and the legal system through which it flows is essential to preparing professionals to handle situations in the workplace. These courses will also offer additional options to our HR and Criminal Law emphasis students, whose career directly involves conflict resolution on a daily basis. This emphasis also offers a course in Divorce and Family Mediation, meeting the needs of students who have requested more content in Family Law. This emphasis has been a very successful hybrid program and was requested by our online students; we expect significant enrollment numbers in these courses.

The M.L.S. program is a customizable degree with eight possible focus areas (each focus area is four courses in a particular subject):

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Graduates with an ASU Online Master of Legal Studies in Conflict Resolution have career opportunities illustrated in the following list. Career examples include but are not limited to:


U.S. educated applicants can apply through our FastApp process, which streamlines the application process and may allow for an offer of conditional admission to the MLS program while the applicant continues to submit any additional requested documentation. Possible outcomes from FastApp submission may include:

  • Conditional Admission
  • A request for supplementary documents
  • A request to complete the full MLS application with accompanying documents
  • Denial

For the FastApp application to be considered complete, it must include:

  • The complete MLS FastApp application form and the following uploaded documents:
  • An Unofficial Transcript from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Resume that does not exceed three typed pages.

If a decision cannot be made from a FastApp, our Admissions team may request additional information from an applicant, including any or all of the following:

  • Writing sample
  • Explanations to affirmative answers to any conduct questions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, including the transcript showing a bachelor's degree was conferred

Required Admissions Materials

***Students are strongly encouraged to first submit the MLS Fast App. This allows students to submit a much shorter application and the unit will ask for more information or materials as needed. The information below contains guidelines for items students might be asked to submit after completing the Fast App. More information about the Fast App can be found here:

Other Admissions Materials

  • Does the application require letters of recommendation?: Maybe – upon request from the Admissions Committee
  • Is a personal statement required? If so, what are the parameters?: Maybe, a statement of interest may be requested by the Admissions Committee
  • Writing Sample – A writing sample may be requested by the Admissions Committee
  • A document, a personal, academic, or professional writing or report, produced by you (academic or professional paper is preferred)
  • no less than 2 pages, no more than 10 pages; double-spaced; 12 point font
  • The writing sample is different from the personal statement.
  • The name of the uploaded file must contain the word Writing Sample
  • When possible, it is preferred the student submits a sample that cites to other sources

*Foreign educated applicants must submit a Full Application. Please see special instructions for foreign educated applicants:

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