Criminal Justice, M.S.

Be the change you wish to see in the world with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This program is a 100 percent online program and meets the needs of both traditional graduate students and working professionals. Full-time students can earn their degree in one year, while part-time students can do so in two years.

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What Will I Learn?

The program's major strengths are its applied perspective and strong emphasis on theory, policy, research and analysis. Courses provide you with the knowledge and skills to undertake independent, critical investigation of issues related to crime control and justice policy.

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What are the requirements for this degree?

Application requirements include:

  • A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, administration of justice or related social science field from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum grade point average of a 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with less than a 2.75 undergraduate GPA will be required to take the Graduate Requisite Examination (GRE) and provide a sufficient score before they are eligible for admission. They may also take the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) and provide a sufficient score.
  • A statement of interest (500 words or less) indicating your reasons for pursuing this program, your professional goals and how this degree will help fulfill said goals.

A resume is optional.

The online program includes 33 credit hours of courses, taught during 8-week terms, focusing on the theoretical and practical applications of criminal justice research and policy. There are 18 credits of required core courses, 12 credits of electives and three credits from a practicum.

The Graduate Catalog provides details about program requirements.

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program is ideal for those working toward leadership or management positions within the field of criminal justice and other related human service fields. The methodological and theory components are also highly suitable as a preparation for entering advanced graduate studies and other professional programs.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have on Campus?

You will work with and learn from faculty who are leaders, scholars and professionals in criminal justice, assuring the best possible education. 

Although this is an online program, you still have the ability to obtain great hands-on experiences through internships and research opportunities.