Law and Governance (MA)
The Master of Arts in Law and Governance offers a program of study for students seeking advanced preparation in this field. It provides academic opportunities leading to career enhancement for legal professionals. The degree offerings are on the cutting edge of specialty areas such as conflict management, human resource management, private sector compliance, law office management, legal information management, trademark law, ethics and professional responsibility.
The programs of the Master of Arts in Law and Governance incorporate education in the liberal arts with sound preparation for law-related professions. Many career alternatives are possible for graduates in government, the corporate sector and private arenas.
THE MA PROGRAM IS NOT APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION FOR THE EDUCATION OF PARALEGALS OR LEGAL ASSISTANTS. THOSE INTERESTED IN PARALEGAL STUDIES, LEGAL ASSISTANT STUDIES AND PARALEGAL CERTIFICATION SHOULD CONTACT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE STUDIES FOR INFORMATION.
Along with the Law and Governance (MA) degree, the department also offers the following options for graduate study: Law and Governance (Combined BA/MA), Law and Governance with a concentration in Conflict Management and Peace Studies, Law and Governance with a concentration in Governance, Compliance, and Regulation, Law and Governance with a concentration in Intellectual Property, and Law and Governance with a concentration in Legal Management.
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet the university’s minimum requirements for the Graduate Records Examination. In addition, candidates for admission to the MA in Law and Governance must meet the following university and department requirements: minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for their undergraduate work.
Candidates with marginal credentials may be accorded deferred matriculation status and permitted to enroll in a maximum of two graduate courses in the program. If they attain a combined minimum grade point average of 3.0 in two Law and Governance graduate courses and meet the other matriculation requirements, they may apply for full matriculation status in the program.
Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Law and Governance (MA) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement: Please write an integrated essay providing a response to each of the following questions.
- What are your goals for graduate study and your future career?
- In what ways do your academic background and your professional experiences provide evidence of your potential for success in the program you selected and in your eventual career?
- Please give specific examples of relevant coursework and/or experience.
- Is there any further information we should consider in assessing your candidacy?
- Letters of Recommendation: Two.
- Standardized Test Scores: GRE (see test waiver policies).
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL (Test of English as a foreign language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or Duolingo English Test are required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
This is a 36-credit program. For more information, please visit the Law and Governance (MA) program listing in the University Catalog.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Law and Governance (MA) Program Coordinators:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*