How the Program Works
The online M.J. degree is a 24 unit part-time program that can be completed in two calendar years. The curriculum consists of both required and elective courses and emphasizes substantive knowledge, leadership development, and practical skills. Courses are taught by law professors, practicing attorneys, and child welfare professionals who have first-hand experience with legal issues that impact children and families. Most classes are conducted in an on-demand (asynchronous) mode, giving students the ability to schedule their studies at a time and place convenient to them. Online courses are divided into learning modules that may consist of reading assignments, video lectures, and writing assignments. Students are required to attend at least one Education Immersion Weekend (EIW) on Loyola's downtown Chicago campus.
MJ/MSW Dual Degree
MJ students may receive a dual MJ/MSW degree in three years of concentrated study rather than the four years it would take if each degree were pursued separately. The MJ degree can be completed solely online, while the MSW is a campus-based program offered by Loyola's School of Social Work. Students must apply and be accepted by both programs.