Q: When do applications open?
A: Applications for Fall 2017 open September 1, 2016. The Fall 2017 application deadline is March 1, 2017.
Q. Do I need to include GRE scores with my application?
A. We have elected to NOT require the GRE for admission. This program is geared toward continuing education and career advancement for working professionals, thus a GRE is not a necessary requirement.
Q. Where should I send my transcripts to?
A. Official transcripts should be sent to:University of California, Irvine School of Social Ecology (Attn: Ariel Folkerts) 5306 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway Irvine, CA 92697-7050
Q. Can hard copies of my letters of recommendation be submitted?
A. Yes. Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically via the Graduate Division application website or by mail to the department at:
Q. May I submit more than three letters of recommendation?
A. You may submit more than three letters of recommendation. Please note that letters from instructors will carry more weight.
Q. How do I apply for financial support?
A. Applications who wish to apply for need based grants or loans will need to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance). For more information please visit the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website.
Q. Is your program entirely online?
A. This program is entirely online with the exception of one, mandatory 5 day in-residence course which is held on the UC Irvine campus.
Q. Are there any certifications applicable to this program that I can obtain after graduation?
A. Completion of this program does not provide students with any certifications at this time. Students who complete this program will be awarded a Master's Degree in Legal and Forensic Psychology.
Q. If I want to obtain a license in counseling later on, will this Master's program prepare and qualify me for licensure?
A. We do not have a formalized program for licensure, as we are not a clinical forensic psychology program. Rather, our program prepares students to understand and critique research related to psychology and legal issues and use this knowledge of research,psychological principles and theories to better understand legal processes and systems.
Q. How many of the students in the program go on to find a career in a relevant field?
A. This is a new program beginning in Fall 2016, so at this time we have not yet had students graduate. However, this program was developed with the help of an advisory board consisting of highly prominent legal practitioners from the local community. These individuals voiced their opinions about which skills they were seeking in their incoming employees and we designed the curriculum for the program with that in mind. Therefore, we expect that our graduates will be highly successful in gaining employment in a relevant field.
Q: How does the Master in Legal and Forensic Psychology (MLFP) program differ from the Master of Advanced Study (MAS) in Criminology, Law and Society Program?
A: The Master of Legal and Forensic Psychology (MLFP) program, offered in collaboration with the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior, focuses on the intersection of psychology and legal issues, with an emphasis on the use of psychological principles, theories, and research to better understand legal processes and systems. Students will be immersed in an interdisciplinary field devoted to advancing scholarship, testing theories, and engaging in public service relevant to individual-level participation and experiences in legal contexts. Degree recipients will enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in academic settings, research and policy institutes, government agencies, and a variety of public and private sector organizations and agencies. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program.
The Master of Advanced Study (M.A.S.) in Criminology, Law and Society prepares professionals for leadership positions in criminal justice and the legal professions. The curriculum emphasizes theoretical and practical applications central to crime and its control, social policy, and the law. Students graduating from our program are positioned for career advancement as well as further academic endeavors. Our graduates have careers in a variety of areas including the FBI, homeland security, district attorney’s office, police departments, crime units, probation agencies, parole agencies, clerks of courts, appellate law, criminal defense law, psychology, education, and social work. CLICK HERE to learn more about the program.
Q. Does the MLFP program accept Tuition Fee Waivers?
A. This program is a self-supporting degree program, and certain fee waivers traditionally accepted by the University of California may, or may not, be accepted. For example, STUDENTS ENROLLING IN THIS PROGRAM CANNOT USE CAL VET TUITION/FEE EXEMPTIONS; THIS PROGAM IS NOT SUPPORTED WITH STATE FUNDS AND IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE STATE LAW REGARDING CAL VET TUITION/FEE EXEMPTIONS. Please contact Graduate Recruiter, Ariel Folkerts at 949-824-1874 for more information.