Excelsior College &
Mediators Without Borders

Welcome Mediators!

Partner logoExcelsior College has entered a unique collaborative partnership with Mediators Without Borders. This opportunity affords students with the ability to earn a Mediation & Dispute Resolution Certificate from world-renowned Mediators Without Borders while earning your Master of Business Administration or your Master of Science in Management with Excelsior College.

In this unique initiative, Excelsior College is offering fully co-branded Mediators Without Borders course work in our high-quality, cutting-edge online classroom. As part of Mediators Without Borders "From Classroom to Career" initiative, students will be studying the Mediators Without Borders inAccord Conflict Analysis © model via rigorous online course work in the below courses.

The inAccord Conflict Analysis model is a psychologically based mediation, restorative justice and arbitration approach that is empirically tested under the direction of President Shauna Ries and Research Professor Emeritus Susan Harter. This curriculum is focused on helping students create careers in the rapidly expanding field of conflict resolution.

About our Collaboration

Excelsior College

What you know is more important than where or how you learned it.®

Excelsior College is a regionally accredited, nonprofit distance learning institution that focuses on removing obstacles to the educational goals of adult learners. We currently offer more than 60 different degree programs in the fields of nursing, business, technology, liberal arts, and health science.

99% of our grads found their Excelsior education relevant to their career
* According to associate graduates in our alumni outcomes survey, 2012


Excelsior College provides educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education. The College meets students where they are — academically and geographically, offering quality instruction and the assessment of learning.


Excelsior College aspires to be a model university for the 21st Century. Excelsior will:

  • be a provider of choice for those who pursue their educational goals in a flexible, individualized manner,
  • continue to serve as a cost-effective stimulus for lifelong learning and individual achievement, advocating the assessment of prior learning and aggregation of credit,
  • be recognized as an ideal academic collaborator and as a valuable partner in addressing societal and workforce needs.

Mediators Without Borders

Mediators Without Borders is an international organization established in 1994, modeled to serve as an educational "Institute within Universities" and currently listed in over 900 college catalogues. Our mission for Sustainable Peace expanded in 2013 as MWB opens "Empirically Based Social Action Research" Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Centers both Nationally & Internationally. This is a part of our "Classroom to Career" initiative.

MWB has a "fair profit" organizational model designing the ADR Centers to directly educate and serve the public in Facilitation, Mediation, Arbitration and Restorative Justice. The ADR Centers are implementing the research based inAccord model for justice with a goal to gather and report empirical data, provide internships abroad, and create economically sustainable endowments for the ADR Centers within the regions they operate.

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Program Details

Mediators Without Borders in partnership with Excelsior College offers the 9 credit hour Certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution Certificate to apply to your advanced degree.

These three courses, built on enduring foundations, represent 9 graduate credits:

  1. BUS/MWB 601 InAccord Mediation
  2. BUS/MWB 610 Work Place Mediation
  3. BUS/MWB 620 Arbitration

Upon completion of the three MWB courses at Excelsior College, students will receive a Certificate in Mediation and Dispute Resolution (MDR) from Mediators Without Borders.

For those students who want to practice as an InAccord Certified Mediator or Arbitrator in the field, students will take three MWB Excelsior College courses and sit for a certification exam with InAccord. After having passed the courses and the certification exam with InAccord, the student can become certified. This could lead to employment with InAccord as a mediator or allow someone to practice independently as an InAccord Mediator or Arbitrator.

Excelsior College is currently working with Mediators Without Borders to expand certificate offerings and develop more courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may I speak to at Excelsior about this unique collaboration?

Call Graduate Admissions at 1-888-647-2388 ext. 22 or email gradadmissions@excelsior.edu. Identify yourself as a "Mediators Without Borders" student.

How does this work?

There are two ways to obtain the Mediators without Borders Certificate:

The Mediators without Borders courses may be taken as a part of the graduate degree experience. Excelsior offers the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MCJ), and Master of Science in Management (MSM) degrees, any of which will allow you to complete some, or all, of the required course work for the Mediators Without Borders Mediation/Dispute Resolution (MDR) certificate. Therefore, as long as you take the correct courses as part of your graduate degree experience, you could earn the MDR certification from Mediators Without Borders as part of your graduate degree experience.

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Students with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution can enroll in Excelsior College as a non-matriculated student and take the three courses necessary to receive their certificate.

Excelsior College is currently offering three courses that will contribute to a Mediators without Borders MDR certificate.

  • MWB 601 (3 credits) Mediation
  • MWB 610 (3 credits) Workplace/Hr Mediation
  • MWB 620 (3 credits) Arbitration

Ok, I like what I see and I've decided this would be a huge help to my career and resumé. How do I get started?

You should fill out the graduate application for the degree you are seeking, either the MBA or the MSM. There is a graduate application fee of $110. Excelsior College requires that you have a regionally-accredited bachelor's degree, or the equivalent. During the application process, a business advisor will review your transcripts and outline your remaining degree requirements. Students who choose to take the MWB courses as a non-matriculated student will pay an additional $20 with regular course tuition rates.

What are the requirements for international students?

International Students need the equivalent of a regionally-accredited bachelor's degree for acceptance into our graduate programs. Excelsior uses Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). You must order a subject analysis report from ECE. You may do this at the time of application to your graduate program at Excelsior College. You may reach ECE at the following information:

Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Telephone: 414-289-3400
Email: eval@ece.org
Web: http://www.ece.org/excelsior


Course Descriptions

Below you will find detailed course descriptions of each of the Mediators Without Borders courses that are currently offered by Excelsior College.

Course Number: BUS 601/MWB 601
Course Title: Mediation
Course Level: GR
Credit Hours: 3
Program: BUS, MBA, MCJ, MPA, MSM
Course Description: Using the InAccord Conflict Analysis model, the class employs directive, facilitative and relational methods to create a deeply rewarding learning experience. Role-play, mentoring and other active learning strategies bring to life theory, case studies, and the field of human relations to equip students with the foundation and actionable ability to mediate, negotiate and conquer conflict in almost any situation. Students learn how disputes, power, gender, and culture inform ADR interventions and prepare them to analyze unique conflict styles and the wide varieties of human interaction and personalities.
Prerequisites: None
Platform: Online


Course Number: BUS 610/MWB 610
Course Title: Workplace/Hr Mediation
Course Level: GR
Credit Hours: 3
Program: MBA, MPA, MSM
Course Description: Workplace mediation is an emerging specialty within the field of mediation. The high costs of workplace conflict are driving companies and regulatory agencies such as the EEOC to use mediation and other conflict resolution practices in the workplace. Building on theory and skills introduced in CORE Mediation, this course begins with an overview of workplace conflict and the costs involved for companies, application of mediation practice to the workplace environment, strategies to handle difficult workplace behavior, and a summary of informal and formal arbitration practices. The course covers the process of planning workplace mediation within profit, nonprofit, and governmental workplace settings. The course specifically addresses unique workplace mediation issues including civil rights, sexual harassment, and disability disputes. Special issues such as power and emotions along with cross-cultural and multi-party cases are covered. The course concludes with a presentation of emerging concepts of appreciative inquiry and its application to workplace disputes.

Prerequisites: BUS/MWB 601
Platform: Online


Course Number: BUS 620/MWB 620
Course Title: Arbitration
Course Level: GR
Credit Hours  3
Program: MBA, MSM
Course Description: The Arbitration course is a collaborative online class, which covers the history of arbitration, its relationship in law, and common applications. The course will present topics such as arbitration statutes, awards, staying proceedings, costs, and fees. Issues of jurisdiction, arbitrator qualifications and duties, contract analysis, rules of evidence, admissibility, and relevance will be discussed in readings and online discussions with other students and the instructor. The second half of the class covers the actual pre-hearing procedures, the hearing itself (including discussion of both procedure and dealing with substantive issues), the award (including issues of determination on the issue and potential remedies available, and the practical matter of writing the award), and grounds for challenging the award (including the concepts of appeal and judicial review). The class methodology will rely on case study evaluations to highlight weekly topics.
Prerequisites: MWB601/MWB 605
Platform: Online


Have questions?

Call Graduate Admissions at 1-888-647-2388 ext. 22 or email gradadmissions@excelsior.edu. Identify yourself as a "Mediators Without Borders" student.

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