University of California, Irvine MAS Program

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About Us

UCI’s Masters of Advanced Study (MAS) in Criminology, Law and Society is designed for working professionals looking to advance their education by earning a Masters degree from a reputable university and continuing to work full-time.

Our program is suited to meet the goals of individuals seeking leadership positions within their organizations in a range of fields such as corrections, law enforcement, social services, probation/parole, as well as a variety of public administrative roles. Our curriculum provides a strong foundation in theory coupled with broad practical applications, providing an interdisciplinary approach consistent with the mission of our School of Social Ecology. Students graduating from our program are positioned for career advancement as well as further academic endeavors.

The program consists of 52 units of course work which is completed sequentially in two years (6 quarters). In lieu of a thesis, students are required to take the course "Social Problems, Law and Policy" in the winter quarter of the second year of study, which also serves as a capstone, or summary, course in which a research paper is completed. A degree is granted upon completion of 13 required courses.

Though majority of the program is online, students are required to take a course in residence on the UCI campus at the beginning of their course of study — "Introduction to Criminology, Law and Society." This accelerated 5-day introductory course is normally scheduled during the second week of September, before the fall quarter begins.