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Legal Studies, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
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The Legal Studies program at California University of Pennsylvania creates a wide-ranging educational opportunity for working professionals and other serious students with an interest in law and public policy.

About

The Legal Studies program at California University of Pennsylvania builds professional skills in research, critical thinking, writing and persuasion as students analyze and critique the law and explore its implications in various contexts. Thought-provoking coursework, taught by legal scholars and other subject-matter experts, positions students to advance their careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, paralegalism, business, government and other related fields where a specialized knowledge of the law is beneficial.

Program Advantages: 

  • Students in the M.S. in Legal Studies program benefit from in-depth interactions with professionals from a variety of career fields. Professors have practical experience and expert knowledge of the subjects they teach. Consequently, they can provide students with opportunities for networking and partnering on research for publication in academic and professional journals. 
  • Cal U's legal studies program is an Academic Alliance partner with the FBI National Academy Associates (FBI NAA). FBI National Academy graduates who have completed graduate-level courses while attending the academy may transfer up to nine credit hours to the M.S. in Legal Studies if they have not already been applied toward the requirements of another graduate degree.
  • The legal studies program also partners with the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA Inc.) to award three graduate credits for completion of all three leadership courses required for the Trilogy Award. The three credits can be applied toward completion of the M.S. in Legal Studies.

Degree Benefits

The 100% online master's in legal studies prepares you to:  

  • Interpret and analyze legal materials such as case law and statutory materials.
  • Explain the public policy impact of judicial rulings and legislative policy.
  • Frame legal issues for specific legal dilemmas.
  • Weigh and evaluate legal arguments and legal remedies.
  • Conduct legal research on diverse topical coverage in law.

Programme Structure

Concentrations include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Homeland Security
  • Law and Public Policy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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  • Minimum required score:

    76

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
  • Unofficial transcripts
  • Resume with contact information for three professional references with an overview of professional work experience
  • 500-word essay supporting the application

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    774 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 774 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    516 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 516 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Funding

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