Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) Frequently Asked Questions
What is an MJ in Health Law?
The Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law Degree was created by Loyola University Chicago in 1986 in response to a growing need for those in the health care field to have a working knowledge of the legal, business and policy forces impacting the health care industry. In the more than twenty years since its launch, the MJ in Health Law has been emulated by other law schools and universities.
What can I do with my MJ degree?
The skills and knowledge gained at Loyola can be used to open and improve career opportunities in virtually every sector of the health care field. Most Loyola graduates will use their online MJ degree to complement and significantly enhance previous work and life experiences.
Do I need a bachelor’s degree?
Yes, admission to the MJ program requires a bachelor’s degree.
What are the application deadlines?
The online MJ program begins three times each year:
- Fall Term
Application Deadline: August 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
Term Begins: Early September
Term Ends: Mid December
- Spring Term
Application Deadline: December 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
Term Begins: Early January
Term Ends: Mid April
- Summer Term
Application Deadline: April 1st of each year (for application and all supporting materials)
Term Begins: Early May
Term Ends: Mid August
What is required to be submitted with the MJ application?
MJ applicants must submit: a resume, transcripts from all colleges or universities attended, a personal statement, and two letters of recommendation.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other entrance exam required?
No, the MJ degree program does not require a GRE or other entrance examination. Note there is an exception for international students, who may be required to submit TOEFL scores.
Can I practice law with the MJ degree?
No, MJ graduates cannot practice law nor sit for the bar examination with this degree. If you are thinking about becoming an attorney, we suggest you thoroughly research attending law school to get a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The admissions process for the JD program at Loyola is completely separate from that for the MJ program. Further, you should be aware that the American Bar Association guidelines forbid courses taken at the MJ level to be applied towards a JD degree.
Can I sit for a bar exam with an MJ degree?
Only graduates who hold a JD may sit for a bar exam in the United States. Graduates of the online MJ program are not eligible.
Who are my classmates?
The MJ program is comprised of health care industry professionals--clinicians, administrators, scientists--from all areas of the health care industry. Whether they work in a dentist’s office, a hospital, a dialysis center, an insurance company, a government agency, or a myriad of other settings, each student brings a unique background to the MJ program. Loyola attracts a diverse student body in terms of age, ethnicity and professional background as well. And while we require that MJ applicants have at least three years experience in the health care field, many students have 10 or more years of work experience, and have typically been away from the university environment for many years.
Does Loyola provide financial assistance?
All MJ students are eligible for federal loan programs. Contact Loyola’s Financial Aid Office for more information.
How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?
We advise students to expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week attending classes, listening to lectures, reading, completing homework assignments, etc.
Can I transfer credits from other schools?
Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, transfer credits are generally not accepted. Applicants or students seeking exceptions to this rule should contact Kelley Yaccino, Director of Enrollment Management for the Beazley Institute.
Is the program accredited?
Loyola University Chicago is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools while Loyola University Chicago School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Concord Law School is part of Kaplan University which is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Concord Law School is also accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council and is registered with the California Committee of Bar Examiners.
Will my diploma be from Loyola University?
Yes, your degree is granted by Loyola, taught by Loyola professors, and the curriculum is based on the degrees that Loyola has been offering to students at our Chicago campus since 1986.
Do I need my own computer?
Yes, you need a computer with a modem and reliable access to the Internet. Upon entering the school, students participate in an extensive orientation to the technology and the Concord classroom where student-centered tech support is readily available. However, once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems.
How do I communicate with my professors?
At Loyola, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their professors as they would at many fixed-facility schools. Weekly seminars, emails, and periodic telephone conferences are all part of the Loyola experience. The Email Us function within the school provides a convenient and ever-ready method of communication to deans, professors, and administrative services.
How do I apply?
Please complete the application on our website follow the instructions therein. The Loyola Admissions Committee meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status. We look forward to your application!