The Master of Legal Studies degree is designed for working professionals seeking to enhance their knowledge in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy while gaining a comprehensive understanding of how the law intersects with and applies to these fields.
The classes are taught by seasoned faculty from the CSU College of Law’s JD program and experienced cybersecurity and data privacy professionals. Visit our Faculty page to learn more.
The time required for each course depends on the units or credits awarded for the course. The program has two instructional terms–Fall and Spring. Courses run for 15 weeks each term. As a part-time program, students are expected to take two courses per term for a total of 30 credits. The workload varies for each course, but on average students should plan to study on average 8-10 hours per week for each course.
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Students must complete 30 credits to earn the MLS.
After you are enrolled in the Program and successfully complete 12 credit hours with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may seek approval to transfer up to 9 graduate credits from relevant courses at another institution. For more information contact the Transfer Center.
Candidates fill out an online application form. As part of the application process you provide:
At the discretion of the admissions committee, applicants with a final undergraduate grade point average under 3.0 may be asked to submit one standardized test score, such as the LSAT, GRE or GMAT.
We will email you the admissions decision and as well as reminders to submit any missing materials.
We request that you let us know whether you plan to enroll no later than two weeks prior to the start of the term in which you plan to start. This is necessary to ensure that you have plenty of time to finalize the process.
Yes. An MLS student is eligible for student loans in any semester in which they are taking at least 6 credits of coursework. To learn more, please visit: https://www.law.csuohio.edu/applytoday/currentstudents/financialaid.
You should check with their individual employers. Of the companies that do assist with tuition payments, some have a limit on the amount of tuition that can be covered in any given year. We encourage you to reach out to your Human Resources department to see if this benefit is available to you.
The Cybersecurity and Data Privacy online MLS program is designed to fit the needs of working professionals while also facilitating regular and substantial interaction with the professor and other students. The courses in this specialized MLS program are all single-semester with weekly modules. Each of our expert instructors develops the content for each course, and so there is some variation. In most courses, however, students should expect the following:
Students need to have regular and reliable access to a computer and high-speed internet.
*Note that mobile and tablet devices will not provide full access; students will need a laptop or desktop computer with video conferencing capabilities, including a webcam.
Students in the Program are invited to attend the annual Cybersecurity & Privacy Protection Conference held in the Spring semester as guests of the Center. A truly cross-sector event, Cleveland State University College of Law’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection Conference is one of the leading educational and networking events in the Great Lakes Region, and features rich content of interest to legal and compliance professionals, information technology and security experts, and executives responsible for developing security and privacy policies.
The online program is currently available to prospective students from every U.S. state* and international students. *with the exception of California. Under SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement) we are not approved to accept students from the State of California at this time. To learn more about SARA, visit: https://nc-sara.org.
Yes. You are a part of our community and as such we invite you to participate in any way that is meaningful for you. We are happy to provide a campus tour, to introduce you to faculty, to connect with professionals in your area of concentration, and to participate in academic and social events. If you are planning a visit, we encourage you to contact your admissions advisor in advance so that we can help make your stay meaningful and rewarding.
No. The MLS is not intended to prepare students for the JD degree. It is designed for professionals who need to understand the significant legal and business risks posed by data security and privacy issues, but do not need a JD.
No. American Bar Association regulations do not permit any academic credits earned prior to beginning a JD program to be credited toward the JD degree.
No. If you want to become a lawyer, the MLS Program is not for you. You should apply to our JD Program instead. The MLS prepares you with the knowledge and skills necessary to enter the fast-growing data security and privacy fields and to advance to senior positions within your organization. It will not permit you to take the bar examination and so it is not intended for people who want to practice law. If that is your interest, you should apply to our JD Program.