Legal Studies

Drexel University

Master Online
12 months
1250 USD/credit
1250 USD/credit
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Given today’s complex regulatory environment, the demand is mounting for professionals in just about every industry who understand the intricacies of legal compliance. That’s why the Legal Studies program of Drexel University is designed to maximize your career potential and add value to your organization.


The Legal Studies program of Drexel University provides you with a solid working knowledge of the law – without having to earn a law degree. You’ll graduate with essential knowledge in compliance, legal research and analysis, risk management, ethics, and professional standards. You can select a general Master of Legal Studies or choose from eight specialized concentrations in areas where regulatory compliance is increasingly critical to success.

What is Legal Studies?

A program in legal studies is not the same as pursuing a JD. Rather, a degree in legal studies is concerned specifically with how laws and regulations work and how to properly conduct business within them, focusing on courses like risk assessment, compliance, and ethics. Legal studies programs are interdisciplinary, and at Drexel you can tailor much of your curriculum to reflect your specific needs and interests.

What can you do with a Master in Legal Studies?

A degree in legal studies isn’t confined to those working in a law firm, nor to those who work specifically in compliance. A Master of Legal Studies can support professionals in a wide array of fields, ensuring that you’re up-to-date with the laws and regulations that are most relevant to your industry. A few common fields that require the expertise learned from this degree are health care, finance, IT, higher education, and law enforcement. Regardless of the field, the degree is appropriate for anyone responsible for making sure their business or organization can navigate the relevant legal systems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Compliance Skills: Auditing, Investigation & Reporting
  • Ethics and Professional Standards
  • Legal Research and Analysis
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • European Union Data Privacy and Protection

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • GPA of at least 3.0
  • If you don't meet this requirement you're still encouraged to apply and your file will be reviewed on an individual basis
  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • One letter of recommendation (professional or academic)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1250 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1250 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1250 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1250 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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