Credits and costs
Enhance Your Penn State Degree
Add a minor to get even more value out of your education.
Gain Specialized Knowledge
Earning a minor enables you to complement your major, pursue a personal interest, or explore a different field of study.
The Dispute Management and Resolution (DMR) minor offered online through Penn State World Campus can help you develop your critical thinking, conflict management, and communication skills. These skills are essential to both professional and managerial positions in nearly every field of study and practice. The minor’s flexibility in course selection provides the opportunity to develop skills appropriate to the management and resolution of problems created by differences in attitudes, beliefs, values, and behavioral preference. A minor in dispute management and resolution can help you develop as a professional in your major and your career.
Upon successful completion of the minor, you should be able to:
- understand how conflict affects interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, and organizations
- understand a variety of theoretical perspectives and models of conflicts
- recognize strategies and tactics upon which you can draw for converting potentially destructive conflicts into constructive experiences
- appreciate the circumstances under which relying on third-party intervention is preferable to self-management and what type of management is most appropriate
The minor is open to all interested undergraduate World Campus students who meet the prerequisites.
The 18-credit minor in dispute management and resolution is composed of two prescribed courses, plus four additional courses selected from a list of available courses in consultation with an adviser. A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.
Prescribed Courses (6 credits)
Additional Courses (select 12 credits)
9 of the 12 credits much be taken at 400 level.
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Please work with your adviser if you have questions about adding a minor. You can find your adviser's contact information in your student portal or by calling advising at 814-863-3283.
To be eligible for admittance into this minor, you must:
- be a current Penn State undergraduate student in your fifth semester and be in a bachelor's degree major
- maintain a grade of C or better in all courses for the minor
- confirm that you do not have a matching minor code and major code
Adding a Minor
If you have achieved fifth-semester standing (60 credits completed), you can apply for admission to the minor. To begin, please follow these steps:
- Talk with your academic adviser about incorporating the minor into your major and to develop a semester-by-semester plan for meeting requirements.
- You can apply for the minor by adding it in LionPATH. You should do this as early as possible, but you can apply up to the late drop deadline of your graduating semester.
- You will receive a confirmation email once you declare the minor in LionPATH.
Review the technical requirements for this program.
To learn more about the Minor in Dispute Management and Resolution, please contact:
World Campus Advisers