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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to complete the online degrees?

The online master’s programs require completion of 30 credits and take four semesters to complete. Courses are taught in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, so the entire program will be completed in approximately 16 months.

For online classes, is there a predetermined or set class schedule?

The courses within the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law and the Master of Science in Homeland Security & Crisis Management Law programs are all offered asynchronously online. This means that there is no “set” class schedule. However, you can expect that professors will interact with you weekly, and you will be required to complete modules within set timeframes. In essence, the online program offers flexibility for when you want to sit down and log in to complete your weekly assignments; it does not, however, let you “binge watch” an entire course in one weekend.

What is the academic calendar for the cohort beginning in Spring 2017?

Students starting in Spring 2017 will complete four semesters, with expected graduation in after the Spring 2018 semester. Each online semester consists of 12 weeks of class and 1 week of exams. For those starting Spring 2017, the tentative academic calendar is as follows:

Spring Semester 2017
Classes begin week of February 6
Spring break week is week of March 20
Classes end week of May 1
Exams are week of May 8

Break week of May 15

Summer Semester 2017
Classes begin week of May 22
Classes end week of Aug 7
Exams week of Aug 14

Break week of Aug 21

Fall Semester 2017
Classes begin week of Aug 28
Classes end week of Nov 13
Exams either week of Nov 20 or week of Nov 27

Break during month of December

Spring 2018
Classes begin week of Jan 8
Spring break week of Mar 19
Classes end week of Apr 2
Exams week of Apr 9

What types of interactivity will be offered within the online courses?

There are several ways in which an instructor may interact with you throughout each course, including group breakout sessions, the posting of questions and commentary via discussion boards, module assessments and quizzes, multiple choice polling, requesting short answer responses via submissions, chat rooms, office hours, or postings, video simulations, and other means.

How will my instructor know that I attended online classes?

Your attendance is tracked automatically each time you log into your course; the system also tracks all submitted work.

Are there any technical requirements that I need to have in order to participate in online classes?

At minimum, you should prepare to have access to a reliable high-speed, broadband Internet connection. A minimum download speed of 5.00 mbps and minimum upload speed of 2.00 mbps is recommended. Students are encouraged to use a laptop or desktop computer rather than a tablet or smartphone, though the technology also works on these devices.

What happens if I have a technical problem?

All courses are monitored by staff to ensure continued course success. Staff will verify that students have access to strong internet connections, functioning web cameras, and microphones. You will also have access to 24/7 technical support in case issues arise.

I’ve never taken an online program. Are there specific things I should do to prepare for the experience?

An orientation session before you begin any of your coursework will familiarize you with the technology and offer you distance learning best practices. You’ll walk through how to use the learning management system and familiarize yourself with all of its tools so that you will be ready to hit the ground running.

Will I be eligible to sit for the bar exam after completion of an online master’s program?

No. The programs are designed for professionals who desire education in the law without becoming practicing lawyers. Graduates will not be eligible to sit for any bar exam.

Who teaches the online master’s programs courses?

The courses are taught by a mixture of Maryland Carey Law faculty members and substantive experts from government agencies, the judiciary, and the practicing bar. The foundational and survey courses will mainly be taught by faculty members, while the specialty seminars and capstone courses will be taught by experienced practitioners in the relevant field.

Will I take classes with JD students?

All foundational and capstone courses have been specifically designed for the online master’s programs and JD students will not be permitted to enroll in these classes. JD students may join online classes in the specialty seminar courses with special permission.

How do I apply?

Follow the instructions here:  https://www.law.umaryland.edu/academics/online/apply.html.

How can I contact you to ask additional questions?

Write to us at MSL@law.umaryland.edu


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