MJ Frequently Asked Questions

Academic FAQs
  1. What is an MJ?
  2. What can I do with my MJ degree?
  3. What are the costs associated with an MJ degree?
  4. Does Widener Law provide financial assistance?
  5. How quickly can I complete the program?
  6. Can I transfer credits from other schools?
  7. Is the program accredited?

Admission FAQs
  1. Do I need a Bachelor's degree?
  2. Do I need a JD degree?
  3. What is required to be submitted with the MJ application?
  4. Do I need to be in a certain profession to be considered for admission?
  5. How do I apply?
  6. Is there an application fee?
  7. What are the costs associated with the degree programs?Tuition.
  8. Does Widener Law provide financial assistance?
Online Program FAQs
  1. When do classes start?
  2. Who are my classmates?
  3. Do I need my own computer?
  4. Do I need to have a computer background to take an online course?
  5. Does it take a certain type of student to do well in an online course?
  6. Do online courses begin and end at different times than regular on-campus courses?
  7. Do online courses have final exams?
  8. Can I submit my work whenever I am ready?
  9. Do I have to be online at the same time as everyone else in class?
  10. Are online courses easier than on-campus courses?
  11. Can I check my online course whenever I want to?
  12. How do the Widener Law MJ online courses work?
  13. How much time should I expect to spend on my degree?
  14. How do I communicate with my professors?
  15. What is the attendance policy? Can I miss a class?


ACADEMIC FAQs

What is an MJ?
The Master of Jurisprudence in Health Law Degree and the Master of Jurisprudence in Corporate & Business Law Degree were created by Widener University School of Law in response to a growing need for those in the health care, corporate & business fields to obtain working knowledge of the legal, business and policy forces impacting these industries. More than fifteen 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 Widener Law can be used to open and improve career opportunities in virtually every sector of the health care field. Widener graduates use their online MJ degree to complement and significantly enhance previous work and life experiences. Graduates from Widener Law’s MJ program have found many innovative and exciting ways to use their health law or corporate & business MJ degrees. Whether you want to expand your employment opportunities or increase your personal knowledge, Widener Law’s online MJ program could be the right fit for you.Our MJ in health law or corporate & business law degrees are an excellent educational opportunity for those who wish to work in risk management, regulatory analysis, corporate compliance, health care technology, quality assurance, and health care mediation, but it can also lead to other opportunities. Here are a few other jobs our alumni are performing:

• Clinical Supervisor/Admissions Supervisor
• Patient Safety & Quality Specialist
• Legal Assistant Supervisor/Project Manager
• CMC Document Specialist
• Director of Operations, Cardiac, Thoracic, and Vascular Surgery
• Patient Safety Manager Project Management
• Manager of Regulatory Affairs
• Regulatory Affairs Product Manager
• Regulatory Compliance Consultant
• Senior Policy Analyst, Clinical Quality Improvement and Patient Safety
• U.S. Benefits Program Manager
• Vice President, Hospital and Community

Can I practice law with the MJ degree?
No, MJ graduates cannot practice law or sit for the bar examination with this degree. If you are thinking about becoming an attorney, we suggest you thoroughly research attending Widener University School of Law to obtain a Juris Doctor (JD) degree. The admissions process for the JD program at Widener 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. Read more about admission to Widener University Law School's JD program here.

What are the costs associated with the MJ Program?
Tuition for the 29-credit online programs is charged per credit hour. Other costs may include textbooks and other expenses associated with the online programs.

Does Widener Law provide financial assistance?
Online students may be eligible for various financial aid programs. Please contact Widener Law’s Financial Aid Department for more information and to apply.

How quickly can I complete the program?
Students complete the 29-credit program in two years, but with permission, may be able to complete the program at a slower or faster pace.

Can I transfer credits from other schools?
Due to the unique nature of our online degrees, six (6) transfer credits are generally accepted from an approved university or college at a graduate level. Courses accepted for transfer credit must relate to the MJ Program that you are pursuing.

Is the program accredited?
The Widener University School of Law Masters Degree programs are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Compliance Certification Board (CCB).

ADMISSION FAQs
Do I need a Bachelor's degree?
Yes. The MJ degree programs require a bachelor’s degree.

Do I need a JD degree?
A JD degree is not required.

What is required to be submitted with the MJ application?
MJ applicants must submit:
• Completed application
• Resume
• Official Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
• A typed personal statement
• Two letters of recommendation
• $60 non-refundable application fee
No GMAT or GRE are required.

Do I need to be in a certain profession to be considered for admission?
Applicants for the online MJ Health Law degree should preferably have recent or current professional employment in a health care field or a closely related degree. However, you do not need to be in a certain profession.
 
Applicants for the online MJ Corporate & Business Law degree should preferably have experience within a corporate or business setting.

How do I apply?
Please complete the application and send in the other requested materials. The Graduate Programs Office meets frequently so you can expect prompt notice of your status. We look forward to your application!

Is there an application fee?
Yes. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60.00.

What are the costs associated with the degree programs?
In addition to tuition, it is necessary to purchase the required textbooks for each course.

Tuition
The tuition for the current 2013-2014 academic year (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 is $994 per credit.

Does Widener Law provide financial assistance?
Online students may be eligible for various financial aid programs. Please contact Widener Law’s Financial Aid Department for more information and to apply.

ONLINE PROGRAMS FAQS
When do classes start?
The MJ program has three (3) matriculation dates:
Fall semester (starting in August) - application deadline is July 1
Spring semester (starting in January) – application deadline is November 18
Summer semester (starting in May) – application deadline is  April 1

Who are my classmates?
The MJ program is comprised of health care industry and corporate professionals - clinicians, administrators, scientists - from all areas of the health care industry, regulatory and risk managers, corporate management, compliance managers, government and agency officials. Whether they work in a health care field or a corporate arena, an insurance company, a government agency, or a myriad of other settings, each student brings a unique background to the MJ program. Widener Law attracts a diverse student body in terms of age, ethnicity and professional background.

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. Once students are familiar with the user-friendly system, they generally have few technical problems, however, support is available if necessary.

Do I need to have a computer background to take an online course?
No, you do not need a computer background, but please feel free to take the Distance Learning Self-Assessment.

Does it take a certain type of student to do well in an online course?
Yes! Online learning is not for everyone. We know from research that students who are independent learners, highly motivated, disciplined, and good time managers perform well in an online course.

Do online courses begin and end at different times than regular on-campus courses?
No: Online courses start and end on the same dates as the law school scheduled courses.

Do online courses have final exams, just like regular on-campus courses?
Maybe: During the week of final exams, your online instructor will let you know if you will be taking an exam online or submitting a final paper.

Can I submit my work whenever I am ready?
No: Online courses have weekly schedules and due dates for readings, postings, and tests. Your instructor will let you know what to do each week and you will have to submit work on a regular, weekly basis, just like a class on campus. Classes open on Monday at 12:01AM EST and close Sunday at 11:59PM EST.

Do I have to be online at the same time as everyone else in class?
Maybe: Some online instructors use the live chat function to hold office hours or conduct live chats online. Your instructor will make you aware of any requirement to be online at a certain date and time. If you are unable to participate, the discussion may be available.

Are online courses easier than on-campus courses?
No: The content of online courses is identical to that of on-campus classes.

Can I check my online course whenever I want to?
Yes: Class participation is crucial to success online. Threaded e-mail discussions, group activities,and meeting classmates online are the heart of the course and the main way everyone communicates. Participation requirements will vary from course to course, but your instructor will let you know how often to be online and what you need to do in order to meet participation requirements.

How do the Widener Law online MJ courses work?
Online courses are scheduled on a semester-long basis, and generally each course is divided into 14 modules. A course module may contain a reading assignment, video lecture, multiple-choice quiz or essay writing assignment, or a combination of these assignments.

How much time per week should I expect to spend on my degree?
We advise students to expect to spend an equal amount of time as a seated class. For example, a 3 hour seated class, would require reading, preparation for class, listening to lectures, completing assignments, and answering threaded discussions.

How do I communicate with my professors?
At Widener Law, students tend to have as much—or perhaps more—individual contact with their online professors as they would at many fixed-facility schools. Weekly seminars, emails, and periodic telephone conferences are all part of the Widener Law experience. We encourage students to reach out to faculty, alumni, and the Assistant Dean of the Institutes for any questions. Our faculty is committed to your education and have one-to-one office hours each week so that students can personally interact with faculty.

What is the attendance policy?
In the fall or spring semester, students may miss up to 3 classes (non-sequential). In the summer semester, students may miss up to 2 classes (non-sequential). A student’s attendance is measured by submitting an online requirement such as a post, threads, and assignments. Therefore, students who do nothing but “click-in” without submitting any work product are absent.

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