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Legal Studies: Criminal Justice

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

Certificate: Criminal Justice – Credits:15 (program code: 0714)

Program Description

The Legal Studies: Criminal Justice program provides two options: a master’s degree and a certificate.

The Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice concentration is offered 100% online in an accelerated format. 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.

The Criminal Justice Certificate, which is also offered 100% online in an accelerated format, permits students to focus on the key courses within the master’s degree program. The certificate may be completed as part of the master’s degree or as a stand-alone program.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Admission 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

Conditional Admission Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume listing contact information for three professional references
  • Resume must also indicate level of professional experience
  • Two professional letters of recommendation attesting to the ability to succeed in the program
  • 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

Curriculum - Master's Degree

Core Courses
LAW600Law and Public Policy3
LAW601Law and Ethics3
LAW602Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution3
LAW603Law and Legal Method3
PCJ747Financial Investigations3
PCJ748Criminal Justice Organization and Management 3
PCJ749Seminar in Justice Studies3
Sexual Assault Investigations3
605Law and Police Process

PCJ751Executive Protection and the Law
PCJ752Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law3
PCJ755Polygraph and Lie Detection3
AST700U.S. Homeland Security3
720Domestic Extremism in the United States
AST740Terrorism, Threat and Vulnerability Analysis and Protection3
AST760Biological, Chemical, Nuclear and WMD Threats in Homeland Security3
AST780Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security3
LAW606Law, Punishment and Corrections3
LAW607Law and Criminal Conduct3
LAW702Law, Science and Forensic Applications3
LAW730Independent Study in Law and Public Policy 3

Curriculum - Certificate

 PCJ 747 Financial Investigations
 PCJ 748 Criminal Justice Organization and Management
 PCJ 749 Seminar in Justice Studies
 PCJ 750 Sexual Assault Investigations
 LAW 605 Law and Police Process


Students in the legal studies: criminal justice master’s degree and certificate programs 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.

How to Apply

  • Complete the Graduate School Application online
  • Submit the non-refundable $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91, 250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above, email (, or fax (724-938-5712)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187

For Additional Information

Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Christina A. Toras, J.D. (Capital University Law School), M.A. (East Carolina University), B.A. (Youngstown State University), Chair/Associate 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

Program Faculty

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

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