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  • Master of Legal Studies

    The Online Master of Legal Studies offered by Drexel’s Thomas R. Kline School of Law provides professionals seeking advanced legal knowledge with an in-depth, specialized study of the legal system. This post-baccalaureate degree program is designed to develop and improve your career related skills.

    Ideal candidates include those in health care, college sports, finance, law enforcement, employment relations, and more. Upon completion of the program, you will understand how the law applies to the field in which you work.

    Concentration Areas

    You may complete a general Master of Legal Studies or choose a concentration in one or two of the following areas:

    • Criminal Law - Prepares you to work within the intricate regulatory environment of today’s criminal justice system, by furnishing you with a solid grounding in criminal law and the rules of criminal procedure. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance - Offers a comprehensive analysis of the data and privacy regulations that businesses deal with on a daily basis, along with the strategies needed to navigate them. For both technical and non-technical professionals. Graduate Certificate is also available. 
    • Entrepreneurship and Law - Provides you with a thorough understanding of how to successfully establish and expand a new business in today’s ever-evolving regulatory environment.
    • Financial Regulatory Compliance - Affords an exceptionally detailed study of the financial industry’s complex regulatory structure and compliance requirements, preparing you for in-demand, money-managing positions in both large and small financial institutions. Graduate Certificate is also available.
    • Health Care Compliance - Offers a solid working knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern the healthcare industry – such as HIPPA and the ACA – while giving you the necessary tools to ensure that your organization complies with state and federal regulatory requirements. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • Higher Education Compliance - Prepares you to understand the laws that regulate institutions and protect students, through an exhaustive study of the legal landscape in higher education with respect to such important issues as FERPA, financial aid, campus safety, risk management and accreditation. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • Human Resources Compliance - Provides the expert knowledge and skills you need to deal effectively with critical legal compliance issues that HR professionals encounter every day – from employee hiring and termination to employer/employee relationship management as well as negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. Graduate Certificate also available.
    • NCAA Compliance and Sports Law - Combines a foundational understanding of law and risk management with additional coursework designed to build your compliance proficiency in NCAA regulations that govern the rules of the game – from recruitment and ethical conduct, to eligibility, special benefits and financial aid. Graduate Certificate also available.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Thursday, June 7th from 7 - 8 p.m. EST to learn more about our Legal Studies programs and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    View the recording of a previous open house.

    Key Program Features

    • Courses taught by the Kline School of Law faculty
    • Coursework and study concentrations malleable to your professional experience
    • Completion of a Capstone Project
    • Program can be completed on either a part-time or full-time basis
    • 30 semester credits required for graduation
    • Special tuition plans for employees and members of partner organizations


    The Thomas R. Kline School of Law Master of Legal Studies – Health Care Compliance Specialization and Graduate Certificate in Health Care Compliance programs are accredited by the Compliance Certification Board (CCB)®. Many employers are now requiring CCB certification for compliance related positions. The CCB offers certification in the following areas:

    • Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC)®
    • Certified in Healthcare Research Compliance (CHRC)®
    • Certified in Healthcare Privacy Compliance (CHPC)®
    • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP)®
    • Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional International (CCEP-I)®

    CCB Exam Eligibility: Completion of Drexel’s Master of Legal Studies or Graduate Certificate in Health Care Compliance programs with a GPA of 3.0 or higher fulfills the professional work experience and continuing education units (CEU) requirements within applicable eligibility time frames per candidate handbook, allowing you to be eligible to sit for a CCB exam. Learn more about the CCB.

    Non-Matriculated Option

    Interested in applying as a non-matriculated student? Select Graduate School of Law Non-Matriculated as your program of interest on the online application. Official transcripts and a resume are required. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

    Faculty Insights

    Learn more about our distinguished faculty as they share thoughts on both the Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance concentration and the industry as a whole.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    Required Core Curriculum Courses  
    LSTU 500S Introduction to the Legal System 3.0
    LSTU 501S Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting 3.0
    LSTU 502S Ethics and Professional Standards 3.0
    LSTU 503S Legal Research and Analysis 3.0
    LSTU 507S Risk Assessment and Management 3.0
    LSTU 540S MLS Masters Capstone 3.0 - 4.0
    Electives or Concentration  
    Complete LSTU/LAW electives or any combination of electives & concentrations  11.0 - 12.0
    Total Credits 30.0

    Criminal Law Concentration  
    LAW 558S Criminal Law 3.0
    LAW 670S Criminal Procedure: Investigations 3.0
    LSTU 530S Corrections Law 3.0
    LAW/LSTU Elective 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

    Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Concentration  
    LSTU 515S Information Privacy Law 3.0
    LSTU 516S The Law of Cybersecurity and Data Protection 3.0
    LAW 769S Legal Strategies in Cybersecurity and Information Privacy Compliance 3.0
    Total Credits 9.0

    Entrepreneurship and Law Concentration  
    ENTP 501 Entrepreneurship Essentials* 3.0
    ENTP 535 Social Entrepreneurship* 3.0
    ENTP 540 Methods of Entrepreneurship* 3.0
    ENTP 641 Innovation in Established Companies* 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

    * ENTP courses are on the Quarter Schedule. 3 quarter credits = 2 semester credits; therefore, 12 quarter credits = 8 semester credits.

    Financial Regulatory Compliance Concentration  
    LAW 700S Business Organizations 3.0
    Choose three of the following courses:  
    LAW 734S Legal Regulation of Investment Advisers 9.0
    LAW 735S Legal Regulation of Investment Companies  
    LAW 736S Broker/Dealer Regulation  
    LAW 737S Banking Law  
    Total Credits 12.0

    Health Care Compliance Concentration  
    LSTU 504S Health Care Rules and Regulations 3.0
    LSTU 505S Health Care Quality, Patient Safety and Risk Management 3.0
    LSTU 506S Patients and Privacy: HIPAA and Related Regulations 3.0
    LAW/LSTU Elective 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

    Higher Education Compliance Concentration  
    LSED 532S Legal Landscape of Student Rights and Campus Safety 3.0
    LSED 533S Institutional Compliance: Aid and Accreditation 3.0
    LSED 534S Higher Education Institutions: Financial Rules and Regulations 3.0
    LAW/LSTU Elective 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

    Human Resources Compliance Concentration  
    LSTU 520S Legal Issues in Employee Hiring and Termination 3.0
    LSTU 521S Human Resources Compliance: Managing the Employer/Employee Relationship 3.0
    LSTU 522S Human Resources in Practice: Negotiation, Mediation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution 3.0
    LAW/LSTU Elective 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

    NCAA Compliance and Sports Law Concentration  
    LSTU 510S NCAA Governance Process 3.0
    LSTU 511S NCAA Rules I and Infractions Cases 3.0
    LSTU 512S NCAA Rules II and Enforcement Process 3.0
    LAW/LSTU Elective 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
      • Letters should speak to your performance and accomplishments, and attest to your ability to succeed within the program
    • Essay of approximately 500 words
      • Can be a personal statement outlining personal and/or professional goals you hope to achieve through the program, or on another topic that showcases your writing skills
    • Resume
      • Quality and quantity of professional experience will be evaluated
    • Standardized test score reports (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT) can be submitted, but are not required
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $1200 per credit.

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2017

    August 21, 2017

    December 14, 2017

    Spring 2018

    January 8, 2018

    May 4, 2018

    Summer 2018

    May 21, 2018

    August 3, 2018


    2018-2019 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Fall 2018

    August 20, 2018

    December 13, 2018

    Spring 2019

    January 7, 2019

    May 3, 2019

    Summer 2019

    May 20, 2019

    August 2, 2019

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