Master’s in Dispute Resolution
So, I had my mid year IPM review today. It went well. I asked for more opportunities, and I’m hoping my boss gives me some more opportunities. So far, I think I have improved a lot since starting a year ago. I’m more confident, and I’m taking charge.
I still want to run and do more things and get promoted now, but my boss wants to take things slow. He doesn’t want to overload me. So, I need to figure out different ways to continue my development.
I got approval to start a new master’s. You may ask, why do I need approval? Well, my company has a tuition reimbursement program as part of the company benefits. My company reimburses $8,000 a year. I used it to complete the last three classes of my MBA. But the master’s program has to be related to my job. So while I would love to do a master’s in spanish literature, at the moment I will have to wait.
Instead, I am looking at a master’s in dispute resolution with a concentration track in advanced international negotiation. Sound fancy, eh?
He approved it. So, now I have to get off my butt and complete the application for the program. It’s not hard, but I just need to do it.
The ideal time would be to start in early 2014, and take 3 classes next year. Each class is $2,500, so 3 classes would take me to the annual limit. Then, the next year, I would take 3 classes, and so on and so on. The master’s is a 42 hour credit program. Taking 3 classes every year means I will finish the program in 4.5 years. So 2018, here I come. Dang…2018??? I’m going to be 28 in 2018. Didn’t really think about it this way. Ouch. I could always figure out a way to finish in 2017.
The campus is 3 minutes away from my company’s head quarter’s. Talk about an easy commute.
What is a master’s in dispute resolution program about?
The program provides in-depth study of conflict theory as well as ample options for further specialization in areas such as organizational conflict, social services conflict, international conflict and dispute resolution in education. Students learn the arts of negotiation, problem solving, mediation, arbitration, systems design, and many other applications of dispute resolution. The program actively incorporates role-plays from varied aspects of human relationships to engage the student in class participation. These exercises provide students with the skill and training necessary to become adept at the art of conflict resolution.
I’m hoping by the time I finish the program, I will become a master negotiator!!!
I’m also thinking of taking language courses at my community college (2014!). I’m looking at Mandarin Chinese. Classes are really affordable, and I would be doing this for fun, as well. This I would pay for myself.
I’m, also, giving though to eventually going for a PhD, just for fun. I just have to figure out a way to do my PhD, while I work because I won’t quit my job to do my PhD. Ahh how I love to plan for these things. It’s on the dream pipeline. Meanwhile I’ll start working on some other projects I have been meaning to initiate.
Any thoughts? Anybody going back to school?