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A gavel: Pursue an online criminal justice master’s program at Regent University.

M.A. in Law – Criminal Justice

Equip Yourself to Fight for Justice

The Master of Arts in Law –ndash; Criminal Justice program, offered completely online (with select on-campus course options available), will equip you to help individuals and your organization navigate critical legal issues that can have a major life impact. Taught from a Christian worldview, this program will prepare you through coursework in criminal and constitutional law, constitutional criminal procedure, juvenile law, legislation, and human rights.

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June 21, 2021
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ENHANCE YOUR CREDENTIALS WITHOUT A J.D.

Earn your M.A. in Law degree in just five semesters with this practical alternative to the on-campus 3-year Juris Doctor program. Attend law school online without LSAT requirements.

CUSTOMIZE YOUR COURSEWORK

Complement your Master of Arts in Law with courses in civil liberties, family law, and national security.

EXPAND YOUR EXPERTISE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Choose coursework from juvenile law and international trafficking to criminal pretrial practice, according to your area of interest.

GAIN A COMPETITIVE EDGE

Acquire the knowledge required for professional advancement and improved marketability with this online law degree. Regent Law was ranked among Top 5 in the Nation for Interesting Professors (Teaching) and Top 35 in the Nation for Academic Experience by The Princeton Review, 2020. Our Master of Arts in Law program was ranked among the Top 15 Best Online Law Degree Programs by Intelligent, 2020. Gain the Regent Law advantage with a criminal justice program tailored to your schedule and field of interest.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

On completing the online Master of Arts in Law – Criminal Justice program, you will be able to:

  • Apply criminal law and demonstrate an understanding of the limitations of law enforcement activities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of immigration law and procedure.
  • Research American law, including cases and statutes.
  • Communicate knowledgeably and effectively with others on legal issues.

Career Opportunities

  • Nonprofit advocacy
  • C-level leadership
  • National security
  • Mediation
$62Thousand
Mean annual wage for arbitrators, mediators, and conciliators Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Discussion of problems related to minority status, including jurisdiction of the state, detention, responsibility for the crime, rights and responsibilities of the parents, and the constitutional, statutory and case law parameters of the juvenile law system.

Overview of the global problem of trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor. The course examines the issue of trafficking from several perspectives: (i) the various international conventions that prohibit trafficking in persons; (ii) regional examples of trafficking and factors that contribute to it such as civil unrest and governmental corruption; and (iii) the United States legislative and foreign policy response to trafficking in persons. This course will focus on trafficking in persons as a human rights violation and the treatment of trafficked persons as a victim of a crime.

Citizenship, acquisition and maintenance of major immigrant and non-immigrant classifications; admission into and exclusion or deportation from the U.S.; and structure and procedures of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Board of Immigration Appeals, Department of State and Department of Labor.

Focus on the foundations and common law doctrines of criminal law and modern statutory provisions.

Focus on the limitations imposed on law enforcement activities by the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

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.

Admission Requirements – M.A. in Law

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
Pay the $50 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

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 Questionnaire Regarding Your Professional Goals and Interests

6. Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

7. 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.

PART-TIME STUDENTS

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,050
Master of Laws (LLM)$6506$3,900
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20011$13,200

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,075
Master of Laws (LLM)$6509$5,850
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20015$18,000

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650

Total Cost of Attendance 2019-20
Full-time JD (Fall/Spring Combined)

Resident & Non-Resident
Books & Supplies$2,000
Board$5,400
University Fees$1,500
Program Fees$1,020
Loan Fees$440
Personal$5,040
Room$8,100
Transportation$3,600
Tuition$36,000
Total$64,040

Part-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6756$4,050
Master of Laws (LLM)$6506$3,900
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20011$13,200

Full-Time Students

DegreeTuition Cost Per Credit HourAverage Credit Hours Per SemesterAverage Tuition Per Semester
Master of Arts (MA)$6759$6,075
Master of Laws (LLM)$6509$5,850
Juris Doctor (JD)$1,20015$18,000

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

Total Cost of Attendance 2019-20
Full-time JD (Fall/Spring Combined)

Resident & Non-Resident
Books & Supplies$2,000
Board$5,400
University Fees$1,400
Program Fees$860
Loan Fees$440
Personal$5,040
Room$8,100
Transportation$3,600
Tuition$37,200
Total$64,040

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the M.A. in Law program, each student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an appropriate level of legal knowledge within the student’s concentration;
  2. Apply legal knowledge in practical settings;
  3. Write knowledgeably and effectively on legal issues;
  4. Explain the relevance of Christian principles to law.

“At Regent, I became interested in issues of social justice. A big part of my calling is really around leveraging the market to do good. I believe if God is leading students here, He will open the door to a meaningful role where they are making a difference in people’s lives.”

Kyle Westaway, J.D., 2006 Lecturer, Harvard Law; Managing Partner, Westaway Brooklyn, New York

“"To interact with our professor has always been a great experience and I’ve really enjoyed all the time they have invested in me and other students."”

Noah DiPasquale, J.D., 2017

“"I'm honored to be where I am right now. The Museum of the Bible and Regent are a big part of that."”

Joshua Charles, J.D., 2017 Bestselling Author, Historian, Researcher, & Speaker

“When it comes to higher education, it’s about giving students every opportunity to succeed and making sure they have the tools to walk out God’s calling. I've been given so much opportunity and a fantastic education at Regent; if that doesn't set me up to help someone else, what will? ”

Stephanie Iaquinto, Ph. D., 1996 Communications

“"Regent really prepares students to face the legal field’s constant changes. The professors teach you how to research. Even though I never took business law classes that might be helpful now, I’ve been given the tools to find the answers I need."”

Kristen Jurjevich, J.D., 2010