West Virginia University Online MLS Program

West Virginia University was recognized as a Top 100 US News Best Law Graduate School and offers an online Master of Science in Legal Studies. The program requires 36 credit hours and typically take two years to complete. The online Master of Legal Studies degree, offered by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is designed for professionals who work in human services, criminal and juvenile justice, the court system, social work, and regulatory agencies. The curriculum provides a solid foundation for those who work with the legal system and are seeking a better understanding of the legal system. The program offers three set concentrations:

  • Criminal justice
  • Homeland security
  • Healthcare

Alternatively, students may work with faculty to tailor their own concentration. Elective courses in other departments may also be available for MLS students. In some instances, students may be able to pursue elective credit through directed or independent study. There is no thesis required, but students produce a research paper as part of the capstone course.

West Virginia University is accredited by the The Higher Learning Commission.

West Virginia University Online MLS Programs: Overview

Program Name
Master of Legal Studies

Online Program Structure
No Campus Visits Required

Program Options

  • Part-time and Full-time
  • Asynchronous


  • Criminal justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Healthcare

Custom concentrations are available based on elective offerings.

Contact Information

Program Length
36 credits, typically 2 years. Students are expected to take 2 classes per semester

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Scores from a graduate school aptitude test (GRE, LSAT, GMAT)*
  • Application
  • Bachelor’s Degree with Transcript
  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation

Can be waived if you have been working in the field for five years or more (including military experience), or you already hold a graduate degree or have successfully completed at least 18 semester hours in another accredited graduate program.

Please contact the Program Coordinator to determine if the program is available for your state of residence.