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Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy

Master of Science: Legal Studies:  Law and Public Policy Concentration – Credits:  36-37 (program code:  0955)

Program Description

The online Master of Science in Legal Studies: Law and Public Policy Concentration blends the fields of humanities, business, political science and jurisprudence. This program creates a wide-ranging educational opportunity for both working professionals and serious students seeking graduate education in the analysis and application of law in a myriad of settings. Law and public policy allows seasoned practitioners and scholarly graduate students the opportunity to address, analyze and critique the law and its implications from a social, administrative, juridical, operational, philosophical and managerial perspective. Special emphasis will be given to the ethical considerations inherent in all legal decision-making, the constitutional parameters of law and its practice, and practical assessments of how law influences the culture, the community and the individual.

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


LAW 600 Law and Public Policy3
LAW 601 Law and Ethics
LAW 602 Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution
LAW 603 Law and Legal Method3

LAW 607 Law and Criminal Conduct
LAW 608 Law and Civil Litigation
LAW 700 Law and the International Community
LAW 701 Law and Administrative Agencies
LAW 704 Law, Business and the Workplace

Electives: 9-10 credits
LAW 605 Law and Police Process3
LAW 606 Law, Punishment and Corrections3
LAW 609 Law, Culture and Society3
LAW 610 Law, Justice and the Family3
LAW 702 Law, Science and Forensic Applications
LAW 703 Law and the Environment
LAW 730 Independent Study in Law and Public Policy
RES 849 Thesis


Students in the legal studies: law and public policy 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.

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
          Web Page:
           Phone: 724-938-4761

Program Faculty

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

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