• Online MSL

    As a working professional, you juggle a lot of priorities. But that doesn’t mean your goal of earning your master’s degree needs to be set aside. With Hamline University’s Online MSL*, you can complete your coursework at a time of day and location convenient for you without missing out on the challenge, academic support, and practical skill development provided to In-Residence students.

    If you choose the Online MSL conflict resolution concentration, you start your coursework in August or January, taking two courses in each of six successive terms. You can complete the degree in as few as 15 months (though most students elect to spread the course load over 18 to 24 months).

    If you choose the Online MSL health care compliance concentration, you start your coursework in May, August, or January. You can complete the degree in as few as 19 months (though most students elect to spread the load over 24 months).

    Short-Term Residencies

    The Online MSL begins with an initial 3-day residency on the Hamline Saint Paul campus, when you meet your cohort colleagues and instructors. A similar short-term residence closes out your program. Everything else is online and asynchronous - meaning you choose when to engage the material and when to interact with your colleagues. While you largely control the schedule, you won't be going it alone. There is a high level of interaction between you and your course instructors, and between you and your program colleagues.

    Degree requirements

    Online MSL students complete 30 academic credits:

    • 15 credits in six required foundation courses

      Foundations in Law (11 credits)
      Introduction to Legal Method and Ethics (2 credits)
      The Common Law: Civil and Criminal (3 credits)
      Regulation in America (3 credits)
      Legal Writing and Research (3 credits)

      Foundations in Problem-Solving (4 credits)
      Theories of Conflict (2 credits)
      Negotiation (2 credits)
    • 15 credits in an elective concentration (conflict resolution or health care compliance) including a capstone research action project

    Please note: This program is not approved by the American Bar Association for training paralegals and does not qualify recipients for the practice of law. MSL credits are not transferable to a JD program, should a student decide to pursue a JD after completing MSL courses.

    Pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission, we are unable to admit international students to the MSL program.

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    Academic advising

    Upon admission, you are assigned to an academic advisor who helps you with:

    • Course selection and program planning
    • Registration issues
    • Academic concerns
    • Degree progress
    • Transfer credit requests
    • Interpretation of academic policies
    • Resource referrals
  • State Eligibility and Complaint Process

    State Eligibility

    Hamline University, like all higher education institutions, must follow individual state regulations before enrolling students outside of Minnesota in its online programs. Hamline can enroll students residing in most states, but please confirm whether your state is among the eligible states.

    Complaint Process

    Hamline University is committed to providing outstanding online education. If you have a question, concern, or complaint about your online education experience at Hamline, please review our complaint process for online education at Hamline.

  • *Hamline University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), maintains an affiliation and collaborative relationship with Mitchell | Hamline School of Law, an autonomous law school created by the combination of Hamline University School of Law and William Mitchell College of Law and which is separately accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).