The online M.J. degree is a 24 credit part-time program designed to be completed in 2 calendar years by taking 4 credits in each of six consecutive terms (including summers). To satisfy the degree requirements, students must successfully complete 4 required courses (including the thesis/capstone project), and six elective courses. In addition, students must attend at least one Education Immersion Weekend. With special permission, students may complete the program at a faster or slower pace.
Each term is approximately 13 - 15 weeks in duration.
Students must take these two required courses:
Students must take this one required course:
Terms 3, 4 and 5
Students must take two elective courses during each of these terms. At least three of the following elective courses will be offered each term (including summers) and may be adjusted depending on enrollment levels in each course:
- Education Law and Policy (LAW 669) [2 credits]
- Child Welfare Law and Policy (LAW 670) [2 credits]
- Juvenile Justice Law and Policy (LAW 671) [2 credits]
- Family Law (LAW 672) [2 credits]
- Mental Health Law (LAW 673) [2 credits]
- Legislation and Law Reform(LAW 675) [2 credits]
- Conflict Resolution (LAW 676) [2 credits]
- Children's Health Law and Policy (LAW 679) [2 credits]
- International Children's Rights (LAW 678) [2 credits]
Students must take this required course:
Education Immersion Weekends (EIW)
In addition to the required curriculum, students are required to travel to Loyola's Chicago campus at least once during their tenure in the program for an Education Immersion Weekend (EIW). During the weekend, students gather in person to workshop or present their thesis/capstone project, attend workshops, participate in graduation activities, and meet with faculty, students and alumni.