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Master of Advanced Study (MAS) in Criminology, Law & Society

Program Details

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.


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

Accreditation & Licensing

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