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The online programs require 30 credits, completed in four back-to-back semesters. New cohorts begin each fall and each spring and complete the program in about 16 months, including a summer semester.

During the first two semesters, students will take foundational courses, research and writing classes, and a survey of their chosen specialization. During the last two semesters, students will focus on the specialty area, taking seminars in their specializations and working on a faculty-supervised capstone project. In their final semester students may take a course in either of the online degree programs.

Online Master’s Programs - Curriculum Overview

First Semester

Cr.

Third Semester

Cr.

US Law and Legal System 3 Course or Seminar in Specialty 3
Legal Methods 3 Course or Seminar in Specialty 3
Legal Research 2 Dispute Resolution & Negotiation 2

Second Semester

Cr.

Fourth Semester

Cr.

Public Law & the Regulatory Process 3 MS in Cybersecurity Law or MS in Homeland Security & Crisis Management Law Course or Seminar 3
Survey Course in Specialty 3 Capstone Project in Specialty 4
Ethics in Law & Public Policy 1    

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

15


Students will develop an understanding of the law within their chosen field while simultaneously gaining a fluency in the principles and modes of analysis that will complement their existing professional knowledge and experience. The program will allow students to develop necessary core competencies, such as:

  • An ability to recognize and understand the legal regimes and structures that regulate or otherwise affect their professional roles;
  • A capacity to read and understand legal documents, including contracts, judicial opinions, statutes, regulations, executive orders, legislative commentaries, and legal opinion letters;
  • An ability to identify the legal context for effectuating policy, and thus to recognize and better appreciate the legal risks that may affect decision-making in public and private organizations;
  • An understanding of major modes of dispute avoidance and resolution, including negotiation, private settlement, mediation, arbitration, and litigation;
  • The ability to conduct basic legal research and draft documents for internal use; and
  • The ability to assess more effectively when legal issues require or justify the engagement of legal professionals and the ability to communicate more effectively with those professionals in identifying and evaluating the range of options appropriate to specific circumstances.

Policy on transfer credit: Students may not transfer or apply credits earned elsewhere toward degree requirements for neither the MS in Cybersecurity Law nor the MS in Homeland Security & Crisis Management Law.

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