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Legal Studies: Criminal Justice

Master of Science – Legal Studies - Criminal Justice Concentration – Credits:  36-37 (program code:  0957)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice Concentration is offered on the California University Global Online network in an accelerated format.  The program is housed in the Department of Professional Studies within the College of Science and Technology. Both academics and practitioners whose pedagogy blends theory with practice instruct in this program. The curricular mission is to prepare learned and erudite justice practitioners who will assume leadership positions in the justice sector and make substantial contributions to the betterment of the legal and justice systems and the community served.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:

    o    Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    o    Unofficial transcripts
    o    Resume listing contact information for three professional references
    o    Resume must also indicate level of professional experience
    o    Two professional letters of recommendation attesting to the ability to succeed in the program
    o    Must achieve a B (3.00) or higher in each of the first two courses during the first semester in order to remain in the program


Core Courses: 12 Semester HoursCredits
LAW600Law and Public Policy3
LAW601Law and Ethics3
LAW602Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution3
LAW603Law and Legal Method3
  Criminal Justice Concentration: 12 Semester HoursCredits 
PCJ747Financial Investigations3
PCJ748Criminal Justice Organization and Management 3
PCJ749Seminar in Justice Studies3
Sexual Assault Investigations3

Criminal Justice Electives 12-13 Semester HoursCredits
PCJ751Executive Protection3
PCJ752Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law3
PCJ755Polygraph and Lie Detection3
AST700U.S. Homeland Security3
AST740Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Protection3
AST760Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security3
AST780Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security3
LAW605Law and Police Process3
LAW606Law, Punishment and Corrections3
LAW607Law and Criminal Conduct3
LAW702Law, Science and Forensic Applications3
LAW730Independent Study in Law and Public Policy 3


Students in the legal studies: criminal justice concentration receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419


Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University), Chair/Professor, Full-Time Faculty; Specializations: legal research and writing, real estate and corporate law, legal system ethics, appellate legal practice and private sector justice
Phone: 724-938-4716

Graduate Faculty

For faculty bios, visit:

Larry Bassi, M.A. (University of Washington), B.S. (University of Nebraska), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Brian Kohlhepp, M.A. (California University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Waynesburg University), Professor, Adjunct Faculty

Jeffrey S. Magers, Ed.D., M.A. (Spalding University), B.S. (Eastern Kentucky University), Associate Professor

William F. Morgan Jr.,  J.D. (Quinnipiac College School of Law), B.S. (University of New Haven), Professor, Adjunct Faculty