M.A. in Law – Criminal Justice

The Master of Arts in Law is designed for working students who wish to study law for professional advancement and for students seeking a practical academic credential to increase their marketability as they launch their career. You will be grounded in foundational legal contexts, taught through a Christian worldview, so you can better understand the laws that affect your career. The concentration in Criminal Justice is offered online (with limited on-campus course selection). Strengthen your credentials with foundational legal coursework in criminal and constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, juvenile law, legislation and human rights.

  • Choose coursework from juvenile law and international trafficking to constitutional law and criminal pretrial practice, according to your area of interest.
  • Compliment your degree with courses in civil liberties, family law and national security.

Career Opportunities:

  • Nonprofit Advocacy
  • C-Level Leadership
  • National Security
  • Mediation

Delivery Format: Online or Online/On Campus Hybrid

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines: 2017-2018 Semester

Session

Application Deadline

Session Start Date

Session A

Monday, July 31st

Monday, August 21st

Session M

Monday, August 28th

Monday, September 18th

Session B

Monday, October 2nd

Monday, October 23rd

Session C

Monday, December 19th

Tuesday, January 16th

Session T

Monday, January 29th

Monday, February 12th

Session D

Monday, February 26th

Monday, March 19th

Session E

Monday, April 23rd

Monday, May 14th

Session F

Monday, June 4th

Monday, June 25th

Note: On-campus international applicants must meet a fall semester application deadline of February 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of March 15 or a spring semester application deadline of June 15 with an academic acceptance deadline of July 15.
Regent Law admits students with academic promise and calling who are serious about the critical roles they will assume upon graduation. If you have decided to earn your master's degree in law, we make applying to graduate school easy.

Admissions Criteria
The admissions committee seeks applicants who will bring a range of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to Regent University's School of Law. The M.A. in Law program seeks highly motivated students and professionals who appreciate the educational benefits and professional development opportunities a graduate legal-based education offers. Each of the following will be evaluated to assess an applicant's potential for success in the program.

  • Academic achievement (GPA, course rigor, and institution(s) attended)
  • Mission Fit
  • Responses to the questions in the application for admission
  • Skills relevant to the practice of law

Admissions Requirements
Applicants should possess a bachelor's degree from an approved college or university prior to beginning their legal studies. The admissions committee does not recommend any single major or undergraduate field of study, but welcomes majors ranging from political science to engineering, and from biblical studies to psychology. LSAT and GRE not required for admission to our program.

Admissions Decisions
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, with most applicants being notified within two weeks of the date that the application and all supporting documents are received by the Admissions Office.


How to Apply to Graduate School - M.A. in Law Application Process

1. Complete Your Online Application
Note: If you are unable to complete our application due to a disability, please contact our Admissions Office for assistance.

2. Pay Your $50 Application Fee
Option 1: Pay via the online application process or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Option 2: Attend a School of Law on-campus or online information session to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee.

3. Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
Unofficial transcripts
 from a U.S.-based school, indicating successful completion of a bachelor's degree program, can be used for an admissions decision. Email your unofficial transcript to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: LAW Master's Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. See the International Admissions Checklist for details.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University's Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

4. Submit Your Professional Resume (Optional)
Your professional resume or curriculum vitae should include:

  • Employment history with details of responsibilities, skill sets, and results
  • School, community, and church leadership positions
  • Service activities in which you have been involved
  • Academic and non-academic honors and distinctions you have received

Email your resume to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: LAW Master's Application Pieces.

5. Complete an Admissions Survey Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

6. International Applicants
Visit the International Students Admissions page for additional admission requirements and to determine if you qualify as an international student.


Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Master of Arts in Law tuition is $650 per credit hour*    

  • 30-credit-hour program is $19,500.

View estimated Cost of Attendance.

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology

$300 (per semester)

Council of Graduate Students (COGS)
(on-campus students)

$15 (fall and spring semesters only)

Health Center Fee
(Traditional and On-Campus Housing Students)

$45 (fall and spring semesters only)

Parking Fee (on-campus students)

$100 (per semester)

 

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

 

Learn more about scholarships and financial aid.

M.A. in Law Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the program, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate legal issues through the framework of the student's concentration.
  • Communicate knowledgeably and effectively with others on legal issues within their concentration.
  • Analyze the philosophical and theological sources and nature of the American legal system.
  • Analyze the Constitution, the structure, power, and limitations of the three branches of the federal government and the power and authority of state and local governments.
  • Analyze the functions, powers, and processes of legislative bodies and administrative agencies.
  • Research American law, including cases, and statutes.

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