University of California, Irvine – Online Master’s Degree in Criminology, Law and Society

University of California, Irvine is offering an online Master’s degree in Criminology, Law and Society.

I received the news recently from Adrianna Lopez, Assistant Director of the MAS Program at UC’s Irvine Campus.

I was pleasantly surprised, but perplexed why I haven’t found out sooner. Haven’t you heard? UC Irvine’s Criminology Program ranks as one of the best in the nation and has made my Best Criminal Justice Schools in California list.

About The Criminology Program at UCI

University of California - IrvineDespite the differences between Criminology and Criminal Justice, the program offers a healthy serving of theory and application in both disciplines, and then some.


  • Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society (One-week class on the UC Irvine campus)
  • Legal Institutions and Society
  • Police, Courts and Corrections
  • Crime and Social Deviance
  • Applied Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Public Policy, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Organizational Perspectives on the Legal System
  • Leadership
  • Social Problems, Law and Policy
  • Hate Crimes
  • White-Collar Crime
  • Sentencing and Corrections

Notice: that the first course requires you to come to the UC Irvine campus. Consider this a golden opportunity to meet your peers, professors, and have a feel for what the school is about. Then, you’ll have 99% of your time to study in your pajamas, if you choose to, of course.

Thirteen courses later, you’ll be able to attend the commencement ceremony at the UC Campus, if you want to. Oh, and you’ll have Summers off, too!

The Master’s degree in CLS is designed for working professionals seeking an advanced degree while continuing their full-time jobs.


For $10,836 per year, or a total of $21,672 for this 2-year program you’ll be getting a Master’s of Advanced Study (MAS) in Criminology, Law and Society. I think the price for a program of this caliber is more than fair.

In case you’re wondering, the diploma and any transcripts will be the same as the on-campus students get. All you have to worry about is graduating.

Did you know the prestigious Criminology degree program at UC Irvine is, and has been, an online degree program for the past 8 years? I sure didn’t!

That means that UCI doesn’t have an on-campus clone and it has been consistently ranked as one of the best graduate programs in Criminology by US News & World Report, a very respected college ranking guide.

How Do You Benefit?

  • Increase your competitive edge for advancement into managerial or supervisory positions.
  • Interact with internationally recognized faculty known for their expertise and applied research in CLS.
  • Earn a prestigious degree from a top-ranked research university and a nationally ranked department.
  • Save time with online learning designed to fit your busy schedule.

*straight from the UCI Criminology, Law and Society MAS Program brochure

How to get in?

Simple, shell out the $70 for the application fee and apply… OK, maybe it’s not that easy.

First you’ll need to have your GRE scores ready. Adrianna informed me there’s no waiver, but don’t worry, the scores are not the only factor considered. Here’s what you need:

  • Yes, get your Graduate Record Exam out of the way
  • GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Experience in the field or similar fields, or at least true intent
  • Your letters of recommendation and the personal statement may help you if you aren’t on par with any of the last three items
  • For more requirements, see the program website or request a brochure

Program & Contact Info

Official Program page:
You can also contact Adrianna directly:

phone: 949-824-5462

If you’re truly interested in the Criminology program from University of California (Irvine), make sure to request a brochure that explains everything you need to know about the program in more detail. However, I wouldn’t wait too long, as the first class starts in September.

Students are admitted only once a year.

Prepare for career advancement into top leadership positions in the criminal justice, legal, and social service systems

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Article written by Radek Gadek

Radek holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Boston University. He is currently doing consulting work and runs this blog to provide relevant information on criminal justice degrees, colleges and related careers.

1 comment… add one
  • Jeff

    Hey Radek, do you know what the fees are to complete this degree now? I see different numbers on the UCI webpage, but perhaps it’s not the fee schedule for online students. It was much higher then what you wrote here. . Any idea?

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