The online Master's programs are part-time online programs structured for working professionals. Students are require to complete 30 credits spread over four semesters, in order to earn a  Master of Science in Cybersecurity Law or a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Crisis Management Law. 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 Master's programs. A sample schedule is included below, and we encourage students to review course descriptions. 

Sample Program Schedule

First SemesterCr. 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 SemesterCr. Fourth Semester Cr.
Public Law & the Regulatory Process 3 Cybersecurity Law or 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 Credits15 Total Credits 15

Learning Objectives

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. 


Courses in the online Master's programs 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.