Judge Michael Pastor gave the ruling against Dr Conrad Murray at a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles.
Prosecutors say that he gave Jackson a lethal dose of a powerful anaesthetic mixed with other sedatives and then failed to provide proper care.
Dr Murray, 57, has pleaded not guilty, and says he did not give Jackson anything potentially lethal.
Judge Pastor made the order against the cardiologist on the sixth day of the hearing.
He also granted a request by the California medical board to suspend the licence of Dr Murray to practise in the state.
Dr Murray faces up to four years in prison if convicted .