Alternative Dispute Resolution

Your future in Alternative Dispute Resolution

In a world filled with conflict, employers want individuals skilled in negotiation and dispute resolution. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is a collection of proven, cost-effective strategies used to address disputes outside of a courtroom.

Training in ADR from the University of North Texas gives you a competitive edge in any profession you choose, including careers in:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Human resources
  • Law enforcement
  • Real estate

What we offer

Alternative Dispute Resolution complements any major and is available as an interdisciplinary minor, allowing you to work with various departments across campus. In addition to fulfilling necessary academic requirements for the ADR minor, you can also earn one or more of the following certificates:

  • ADR Certificate
  • Mediation Certificate
  • Family Mediation Certificate

Earning a certificate will help distinguish you from other job seekers. You'll learn ADR skills by participating in various exercises and real-world simulations. Through the mediation practicum, you can observe practicing professional mediators assist parties resolve real disputes. You may also gain experience working with local mediation service providers or other conflict management agencies.

Our faculty members are recognized experts and practicing professionals. They have experience in a variety of fields, including:

  • Arbitration
  • Emergency management
  • Employment and labor relations
  • Law

What to expect

The minor requires you to complete 12 credit hours of designated ADR courses and 9 credit hours of electives that you choose in consultation with an advisor. The certificates require fewer credit hours. ADR courses focus primarily on:

  • Negotiation and dispute resolution
  • Mediation
  • Family mediation
  • Mediation practicum
  • Workplace ADR
  • Crisis intervention
  • Business negotiation

To register for this minor, check on course availability and plan your course of study, you should contact your major advisor. Specific questions about the ADR minor or certificates may be directed to the program coordinator, Leslie Roberts.


High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,800 students transfer to UNT.