Today's human resources professionals need to master a complex set of laws and regulations governing employment relationships, conflict management, discrimination and workplace safety. The McGeorge Master of Science in Law (MSL) degree program is designed for working human resources professionals who need the benefits of advanced training in legal reasoning and analysis but who do not require a JD degree for their career plans. Our flexible MSL program also offers human resources professionals the master's degree needed to fast-track their advanced HR certification goals.

Required Courses

Students pursuing the Health Concentration can anticipate receiving guidance from our nationally and internationally renowned faculty on individual curricular plans. To earn the MSL degree students will be required to earn 26 units, which includes both required and elective choices, as either full or part-time matriculants.

  • Introduction to Legal Analysis (online)
  • Contracts (online)

Elective Course Samplings

Students may elect to choose from a variety of courses and to customize their course selections to meet their interests and career goals. The few courses listed below are just a sampling of the courses offered. Please note that some electives are not offered every year. Please be sure to check the academic schedule for a current list of offerings or reach out to our offices for questions about which courses fulfill each concentration.

  • Information Privacy
  • Employment Law
  • Negotiation & Settlements


"As an HR professional I've found the MSL program to be immediately relevant in my day-to-day business interactions. Obtaining my MSL has provided my organization with a leading edge in the effective management of employee relations matters." — Liz Jimenez, Sr. HR Business Partner, Oracle 


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