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    Online Master of Science Degree in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 40 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Voice, WebCT Subject: Social Sciences METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    The master's program is designed to train reflective professionals in the practice, design, and evaluation of a variety of conflict resolution applications. The M.S. program focuses on pragmatic approaches to solving problems inherent in human relationships. Students are exposed to a wide array of techniques and strategies to help people achieve nonviolent, nonlitigious solutions for conflicts that arise in many personal, professional, and social environments.

    While the course of study requires no prior practice or research in the field, it emphasizes practical applications and experiences in various supervised settings. Criteria for acceptance into the master's program include high-level undergraduate academic performance and/or relevant current working experience; a practical, applied interest in using skills and theories in specific settings after graduation; the ability to think clearly in challenging interactions; tolerant, nonjudgmental attitudes toward different types of people; and the ability to combine tactical decision-making skills with compassion and fairness.

    All entering students are offered an orientation program, which includes writing and computer skills seminars, before the first fall semester. Attendance is strongly encouraged since this is an opportunity to begin to explore the technology available through the department and the university, and to refresh writing skills expected at the graduate level.

    The M.S. degree program consists of a 15-course (45 credits) sequence that includes conflict analysis and dispute resolution theory, practice skills from a variety of fields, research design, and program evaluation. All M.S. students are required to pass a comprehensive examination after all course work is completed. The written examination is a series of questions that cover all courses and practical, and serves as a time of reflection and integration prior to graduation.
    Online students are provided NSU computer accounts but must obtain their own Internet service providers. Students may use either an IBM-compatible PC or an Apple-Macintosh computer. The following minimum computer system requirements are specified on SSSS's web site:
    IBM-compatible PC:
    Pentium 200MMX processor or higher, Pentium II processor recommended
    Windows 95 or Higher, Windows NT4 or higher
    32 megabytes of RAM or higher
    28.8kb modem or faster Internet connection
    Floppy CD-ROM hard drive
    Full duplex sound card with speakers, headphones and microphone
    SVGA 800x600 or higher display

    PowerPC 120Mhz processor or higher; G3 processor recommended
    System 8.0 or higher operating system
    32 megabytes of RAM or higher
    Full duplex sound with a microphone
    28.8kp modem or faster Internet connection
    Floppy CD-ROM hard drive
    800x600 or higher display resolution, thousands of colors

    Netscape 4.04 or higher, or Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher
    Suggested: Microsoft Office 97 or higher
    If you use other
    NSU's library system is comprised of the Einstein Library, Health Professions Division Library, Law Library, East Campus Library, North Miami Beach Fischler Center for the Advancement of Education Media Union, Oceanographic Library, and four school libraries on the Davie campus. The catalogs of all NSU libraries are accessible for remote searching, as are catalogs of other university libraries to online students via the Electronic Library. Online and CD-ROM databases complement the paper-based holdings and provide full-text resources. To assist distance education students with library requirements, arrangements have been made with many university libraries across the nation to provide library services to NSU students. SSSS's admissions office provides information to new students about libraries in their geographical area that are included in this arrangement and the procedures to follow.

    Interlibrary loan arrangements through networked organizations such as the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), the Southeastern Florida Information Network (SEFLIN), the Consortium of Southeastern Law Libraries (COSELL), and the National Library of Medicine provides broad access to a wide range of materials. The library also has lending arrangements with large research libraries in the Midwest (Michigan State University and Wayne State University), that provide priority document delivery services to students. The Einstein Library is a cooperating library of the Foundation Center in New York, giving students access to collections for grants and foundation research.

    Online students have access to books, journal articles, microfiche, dissertations, index searches, catalog searches, and reference librarians. Distance students may request library materials using fax, mail, or online forms. To contact Distance Library Services (DLS) by telephone, call 1-800-541-6682, ext. 4602 or (954) 262-2602. Use the toll-free fax to order library materials: 1-888-347-3627 and in Broward County, fax 262-3947. Students can send email to DLS: library@nova.edu, or can reach DLS via the web: www.nova.edu/library. All materials mailed by the DLS office are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return the books. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned.

    Information on textbooks for online courses is posted on SSSS's web site. The program office insures that textbooks selected by faculty are generally available from major booksellers. Students must find their own sources to purchase textbooks. Possible sources include online booksellers and national bookstores.
    NSU's Office of Financial Aid has a web site and the office can be reached by telephone. Students may apply for financial aid online.


    When course work and practica are completed, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination to be awarded the Master of Science degree.
    Academic and support services for the distance and residential programs are provided by the director of the master's programs, director of enrollment and student affairs, program coordinator, computer applications coordinator/webmaster, and the faculty of the Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution. The directors, coordinators, and faculty advisors handle course scheduling, registration, technical support, and provide advisement and mentoring for distance and residential students. Nova Southeastern University's Help Desk, Office of Distance Library Services (including a reference librarian), and Office of Financial Aid provide additional support. Students are provided instructions for ordering textbooks.

    New residential and distance students are provided orientation on computer and software requirements, online access, online tools and methods, and distance library services. A comprehensive guide to SSSS's distance format learning environment is available online, and a hard copy is provided for each student. The computer applications coordinator provides extensive online assistance including information regarding important downloadable software and documents.
    Students are required to attend one-week long Residential Institutes twice per academic year.


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