What is the difference between the MSLA and a business degree?
The MSLA is a blend of business and management, as well as political science, public administration and court processes. The MSLA is a specialized niche program designed for students interested in both business and legal cultures. Students take courses in court and law firm fiscal management, court planning, strategic marketing and business development, accounting and court and law firm business management. The MSLA program provides students with the knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently operate and manage a law firm, court or legal organization.
Are there job opportunities for students with an MSLA?
Yes. Students with an MSLA degree can obtain a variety of positions: court administrators, law firm administrators, human resources or marketing directors, consultants or supervisors to name a few. For more information about job opportunities, please visit the Job Opportunities site or contact the MSLA office for more information.
Do I have to live in Denver to participate in the online program?
No. The online program can be accessed from anywhere. We have had online students from Bulgaria, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Argentina, etc. All that is necessary is an internet connection. There is no resident requirement.
When can I apply?
The MSLA program has rolling admissions for January, May and August start dates. Review of submitted applications takes between 4 – 6 weeks.
How many credit hours need to be completed, and how long will it take to finish the program?
MSLA students must complete 36 total credit hours. The program can be completed in one year with full-time enrollment (15 credit hours in the Fall and Spring semesters and 6 credit hours in the summer) or in two to four years with part-time enrollment.
What is tuition?
Please refer to the Tuition and Cost of Attendance page.
Are there financial aid/scholarship opportunities for the MSLA program?
Yes. Financial aid is calculated based on MSLA school tuition. However, financial aid is not handled through the MSLA office. For more information about financial aid, please contact the financial aid office. The MSLA office does award scholarships based on academic promise and performance. To learn more about our scholarship opportunities, please refer to our scholarship page.
I would like to go to law school. Is it a good idea to do the MSLA if I want to be a lawyer?
The MSLA is not a law degree. Law school trains students on the study of law. The MSLA program teaches the business of practicing law. The MSLA and JD programs are compatible and blend nicely for students interested in managing a firm, acting in an administrative role for a firm, working in the courts, etc. To find out more, contact the MSLA office.
Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT for admission to the program?
A GRE, GMAT, LSAT score is required for admission to the MSLA program, however if you have 5 years professional work experience, the testing requirement may be waived. If you have questions, please email the MSLA office or call 303.871.6308 . Any of the three tests are acceptable. If an applicant has a previous graduate degree(s), this requirement may be waived. If you have further questions regarding test scores, please do not hesitate to contact the MSLA office directly.
Do I need to take the TOEFL?
International applications are required to submit TOEFL scores. The TOEFL is required for all international students whose native language is not English. If you have earned your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an institution where their entire instruction is in English you are exempt from this rule. If you have any questions, please contact the MSLA office.