MSL Online Program

The MSL online program is designed for STEM professionals around the world who wish to advance their careers by deepening their understanding of law and business within the STEM context. The online MSL is a part-time program, which can be completed in two to four years. Online students may begin in either the Fall or the Spring and will be required to complete a 2-week online orientation before the start of their first term.

Students in the online program receive the exact same degree as students in the residential program. The requirements and structure of the curriculum are the same, with a rich and varied selection of online electives that cover business law and entrepreneurship, IP and patent design, and regulatory analysis and strategy.

The online program operates on the semester system, with each semester divided into two eight-week terms: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, and Spring 2. Students can also take classes during the eight-week Summer term. Students can take up to two classes during each term. In addition, students are required to participate in a one-week, on-campus “Power Week”, which will occur in the late Spring.

This unique structure allows students to experience a wide variety of classes, topics, formats, and pedagogical techniques.


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Our online courses incorporate a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities, including regular engagement with your instructors and peers. Although the format offers some flexibility in terms of scheduling, online MSL courses are academically rigorous and will require approximately 7 hours of work each week, per class (a total of 14 hours if you are taking two classes at a time). 

To graduate, students must complete 28 credits. This equates to approximately 20 courses, of which eight are required.

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