The flexible and individualized nature of the MALS degree makes it an ideal and efficient enhancement to the JD. Specifically, students may:
A Capstone Experience
No thesis is required for completion of the MALS in English, however, research papers are a regular part of graduate coursework in the program. MALS students are encouraged to culminate their studies with a capstone experience, a research project, a creative or artistic work, a service-learning endeavor, or even a travel/study experience. Regarding this last option, MALS students may earn academic credit by taking advantage of 4-6 week stints of study at one of VU's overseas centers.
|MALS Core Requirements|
|LS 650||Seminar in Religion, Culture and Value||3 cr|
|Electives: Choose 9 credits
|LS 610||Seminar in the Humanities||3 cr|
|LS 620||Seminar in the Social Sciences||3 cr|
|LS 630||Seminar in the Natural Sciences||3 cr|
|LS 640||Seminar in the Fine Arts||3 cr|
Criteria for Admission
Applicants must be admitted to both the Graduate School and the School of Law. Admission to each program is separate. For a graduate application, click here. For a VU School of Law application, click here. Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:
As part of the application process, students must provide:
Financial ConsiderationsFull time students enrolled in the VU School of Law may take a maximum of 6 credits in the Graduate School without paying additional tuition, as long as these credits are taken during the fall and spring semesters. Because dual and joint degree programs provide significant savings in tuition, time, and credit hours, law students in such programs will not be able to take advantage of these 6 credits. The savings afforded by combining degrees enables a law student to add on a master's degree for just over $12,000. Students are strongly encouraged to begin their study during either the summer or fall semesters.
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2012-2013 academic year is $560 per credit hour, highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. Students enrolled in graduate courses pay a $101 general fee each spring and fall semester. Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters.
For more information about the School of Law programs
To learn more about the School of Law, visit their website at http://www.valpo.edu/law/.