Program Overview

Ranked as one of the top 11 public universities in the country, University of California Irvine’s name carries influence. To give more students access to a UC Irvine education, the school has begun to expand its online degree offerings. One such degree is the Master of Advanced Study in Criminology, Law, and Society (MCLS).

The MCLS program was designed to assist individuals interested in gaining the skills needed to fill leadership positions in a variety of sectors. The program provides instruction that covers topics relevant for persons in the fields of Criminal Justice, Social Service, and Law, offering classes in psychology, social justice, criminology, and more. Additionally, the program’s emphasis on career-advancement that ensures students learn leadership and management skills that will help them take their careers to the next level.

UC Irvine program faculty are leaders in their fields and contribute to research and advancement. Faculty specialties range from Corporate Law and Business Ethics to City Planning and Healthcare Regulation. The faculty specialties serve as an example of the wide range of knowledge and uses professionals can get from this degree.

All students are required to complete 52 units of courses, which equates to 13 classes. All classes can be completed online, although students are required to attend a one week (5 day) seminar at the beginning of their program tenure to become better introduced to faculty and their fellow programs. Class offerings include Legal Institutions and Society, Crime and Social Deviance, and Public Policy, Crime, and Criminal Justice.

The program can typically be completed within 2 years. Program requirements include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with a 3.0 GPA or above. Persons interested in learning more about the program or the application process are encouraged to contact program faculty.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission


    Admission standards to UC Irvine require a 3.0 GPA, but some special considerations may apply.

    School Overview

    Following the gold rush that brought hundreds of thousands of people to the state, the University of California was founded when two institutions merged - the private College of California in Oakland, and a new state land-grant institution, the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. The University of California was born out of a vision in the State Constitution of a university that would "contribute even more than California's gold to the glory and happiness of advancing generations." Today, The University of California, Berkeley, is the No. 1 public university in the world. 

    UC Berkeley offers a full range of degrees from the following colleges and schools:

    • Chemistry
    • Education
    • Engineering
    • Environmental Design
    • Haas School of Business
    • Information
    • Journalism
    • Law
    • Letters & Science
    • Natural Resources
    • Optometry
    • Public Health
    • Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy
    • Social Welfare

    The Berkeley Extension offers certificate programs that can be completed fully online, as well as hundreds of online courses that fit into other degrees and programs.


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