Loyola University Chicago

Civitas ChildLaw Center

School of Law

MJ and MS in Child Development (Erikson Institute)

Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) and Master of Science in Child Development (MS)

Loyola has entered into a unique partnership with Erikson Institute, the nation’s premier graduate school in child development, to offer students an opportunity to enhance their MS in Child Development degree with specialized online training in children’s law and policy.

MS  in Child Development with Specialization in Children’s Law and Policy

Students enrolled in Erikson’s MS in Child Development degree program (2 or 3 year option) may earn a specialization in children’s law and policy through the successful completion of an additional 8 credits in Loyola’s online MJ in Children’s Law and Policy degree program.  The program is open to students currently enrolled in the MS in Child Development degree program and those who have received their MS in Child Development degree within the past five years from Erikson Institute.

Students in the children’s law and policy specialization take the following courses:

  • Introduction to the Study of Law and Legal Systems (2 credits)
  • Introduction to Children’s Law and Policy (2 credits)
  • Children’s Summer Institute (1 week, campus-based) (2 credits)
  • Child Welfare Law and Policy (2 credits)

Dual Degree MJ in Children’s Law and Policy and MS in Child Development Programs.

Students are eligible to receive dual degrees in Erikson’s MS in Child Development and in Loyola’s MJ in Children’s Law and Policy upon successful completion (over three years) of 38 credits in the Erikson MS in Child Development program and 18 credits in the Loyola Online MJ in Children’s Law.

Applying for the MS in Child Development and MJ in Children’s Law and Policy

To enroll in the children’s law and policy specialization, students must apply and be admitted to the MS in Child Development degree program at Erikson Institute. To apply to the MS in Child Development program with a specialization in children’s law and policy, visit www.erikson.edu/apply.

To enroll in the MJ/MS Dual Degree program, students must apply separately and be admitted both to Erikson and to Loyola’s School of Law. To apply to the M.S. in Child Development portion of the MJ/MS Dual Degree program, visit www.erikson.edu/apply.

Students admitted to the children’s law and policy specialization or to the MJ/MS Dual Degree program are eligible for financial aid, administered through Erikson Institute’s Financial Aid Office.

Students in the Dual Degree (MS/MJ)  program complete the required and elective courses for each program.