Undergraduate Admissions

For information on admissions requirements and the application process, visit the Office of Admissions.

For more information about the Undergraduate Program, please visit our undergraduate program page.

If you are a current UCI student and would like to transfer into the department of Criminology, Law and Society, please go here. Students wishing to change their major to CLS must have an overall GPA of 2.3, a C or better in C7, and a C or better in one additional Social Ecology course (e.g., P9, E8, etc.).

Master of Advanced Study Program Admissions

Please go here if you are interested in applying for the online Master's program.

Doctoral Program Admissions

Students wishing to apply to the PhD program must provide the following: 

1) An online application

           2) Official transcripts from each college or university attended.

3) Three letters of recommendation

4) Scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) General Test (UCI code: R4859)

5) Statement of purpose

Official transcripts should be mailed to the address below.  All other application documentation may now be submitted elelctronically with the online application.

University of California, Irvine
School of Social Ecology (Attn:  Ariel Folkerts)
5306 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway
Irvine, CA  92697-7050 

All PhD applications are due January 1st, but applicants are encouraged to submit their materials earlier, if possible. Applicants are accepted for full-time study beginning in the Fall quarter only. The Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society is a rigorous program, demanding full-time study, and is therefore not appropriate for career professionals who wish to combine working with studying for an advanced degree. Such individuals may be interested in our on-line Masters Degree program.

The CLS admissions committee considers every element of the application packet in order to evaluate the degree of fit between our program and the student’s goals, the student’s preparation for graduate study, and the likelihood of the student succeeding in our program. We admit students whose undergraduate degrees are in a wide range of fields (including Criminology, Criminal Justice, English, History, Philosophy, etc.) but it is important for applicants to be pursuing a research career (whether in policy or academia) in Criminology, Law and Society. GPA, GRE scores, personal statement, prior experience (especially research, publications, and conference presentations) and letters of reference are considered in our assessment of candidate materials.

For complete information on admissions requirements and the application process, visit the Graduate Division.

For more information about the PhD program, please visit the Prospective PhD Students page.

***Invitations will be extended for an on-campus CLS admissions/recruitment visit.  Dates of visit:  January 26-27, 2017.***
The visit will start with dinner with current CLS graduate students on the 26th and will end with dinner with the CLS faculty on the 27th.



JD/PhD  Program

Through UCI's Program in Law and Graduate Studies, students can concurrently earn a JD and PhD in Criminology, Law and Society.  Details about this program are available at: http://www.law.uci.edu/academics/interdisciplinary-studies/concurrent-degrees.html.