Legal Studies

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Legal Studies offers you a better understanding of the law as it relates to your legal or non-legal career. It is not intended for practicing law, but rather to build upon your existing knowledge of the law by further expanding your comprehension of legal doctrines, legal concepts, and workplace legal issues. This master’s degree helps prepare you to pursue career opportunities in government, business, and other industries where knowledge of the law and ethical issues can be a career advantage.

Note: Although some states do not require a Juris Doctor degree for Bar entry, this program does not prepare you for the practice of law or admission to the Bar of any state based solely on your completion of this program.

The curriculum for this online master’s program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • U.S. criminal law and the justice process
  • Research, analytical, and writing skills needed for legal work
  • Property, contract, tort, constitutional, and international law
  • Immigration, media, admiralty, sports, and space law
  • Legal and ethical issues of management and education
  • Nonprofit law, governance, and ethics
  • Laws, policies, and ethics of emergency management
  • Homeland security and cybersecurity
  • Evidence rules, admission, exclusion, and presentation
  • Public policy, judicial politics, and policy-making

The legal studies capstone seminar will be your culminating requirement to earn this degree. Through the capstone, you will create a research proposal and write a thesis to prove your proficiency in the subject.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve program specific learning outcomes and be able to:

  • Analyze the constitutional, juridical, philosophical, and ethical perspectives of the law.
  • Generate analytical and critical thinking in legal writing.
  • Evaluate and identify areas and issues needing study and analysis using legal research.
  • Assess the relationship between the social organization of legal institutions and the legal profession in society.
  • Evaluate the complex relation between the law and justice as dictated and mediated by societal conditions and forces.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • If you have a non-U.S. transcript, please view our International Admissions page for more information.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.  

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or