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Law and Governance, M.A.

Law and Governance, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
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The Master of Arts in Law and Governance offers a program of study for students seeking advanced preparation in this field. It provides academic opportunities leading to career enhancement for legal professionals. 


The degree offerings are on the cutting edge of specialty areas such as conflict management, human resource management, private sector compliance, law office management, legal information management, trademark law, ethics, and professional responsibility.
Law and Governance provides graduate instruction through a broad range of topics which develop the student's critical understanding of law. Graduate offerings are designed:

  • To enhance professional development in law-related fields.
  • To advance the study of law within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education.
  • To provide a more advanced level of legal knowledge in areas such as governance, compliance and human resources.
  • To prepare for the technologically sophisticated legal environment of the twenty-first century.
  • To develop theoretical and practical knowledge of advocacy and dispute resolution.
  • To develop advanced research and writing abilities.
  • To enhance analytical and critical thinking skills essential to the legal field.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Montclair State University is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 20,000-24,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Montclair State University offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • United States Legal System (3 hours lecture)
  • Research Methods and Analysis (3 hours lecture)
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in the Legal Environment (3 hours lecture)
  • Statutory and Regulatory Analysis (3 hours lecture)
  • Private Civil Responsibility: Contracts and Torts (3 hours lecture)
  • Jurisprudence (3 hours lecture)
  • Administrative Law (3 hours lecture)
  • Entertainment Law (3 hours lecture)
  • Trademark Law (3 hours lecture)
  • Cyberlaw (3 hours lecture)
  • Intellectual Property: Copyright, Licensing, and Advertising (3 hours lecture)
  • Negotiation Theory and Practice (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)
  • Mediation Theory and Practice (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab)
  • Arbitration and Other Alternative Adjudicative Processes (3 hours lecture)
  • Conflict Management and Peer Mediation in Schools 
  • Family Mediation 
  • Dispute Resolution in the Workplace 
  • Law Office Financial Management 
  • Cross-Cultural Conflict Resolution 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Candidates for admission must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet the university's minimum requirements for the Graduate Records Examination. In addition, candidates for admission to the M.A. in Law and Governance must meet the following university and department requirements: minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for their undergraduate work.

Candidates with marginal credentials may be accorded deferred matriculation status and permitted to enroll in a maximum of two graduate courses in the program. If they attain a combined minimum grade point average of 3.0 in two Law and Governance graduate courses and meet the other matriculation requirements, they may apply for full matriculation status in the program.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    20567 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20567 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National Applies to you

    12455 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12455 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Montclair

  • 1673 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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