Master of Advanced Study Program

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

Doctoral Program

Students wishing to apply to the Ph.D. 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 should be submitted electronically within the online application.

University of California, Irvine

School of Social Ecology

Attn: Assistant Director of Graduate Student Services

5306 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway

Irvine, CA  92697-7050 

All Ph.D. 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 online master's program.

The Criminology, Law and Society 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, preparation for graduate study, and the likelihood of success 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 Ph.D. program, please visit the Prospective Ph.D. Students page.


Concurrent Degree Program

Through UCI's Program in Law and Graduate Studies, students can concurrently earn a J.D. and Ph.D. in Criminology, Law and Society. Details about this program are available here.