Apr 13, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Criminal Justice, M.S.

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The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice program (36 credit hours) prepares graduates to formulate justice system policy and serve effectively as administrators to United States justice system agencies. The master’s program permits students to explore the fields of Criminology, examining the nature and causes of crime, and Justice System Management, which focuses on modern administrative theory, legal issues in personnel administration, and the management of criminal justice agencies. Students must complete a series of core courses, which provide a solid foundation in modern justice system theory and practice. By the time students have completed the core requirements, they must choose one of two tracks: Thesis or Non-Thesis. This choice will impact the number of electives they take and Thesis hours. Students may enroll either on a full-time or part-time basis in these degree programs.

Applying to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program

To be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program, applicants must hold an earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. To apply, submit the following:

  1. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  2. Personal statement (two double-spaced pages maximum) describing your interest in Criminal Justice, relevant past experiences and career goals.
  3. Two letters of recommendation attesting to your potential to succeed in graduate school.
  4. If your first language is not English, an official report of TOEFL or IELTS results.
  5. Completed application form accompanied by the $50 application fee.


Applicants with an overall GPA below 3.00 (B) are strongly encouraged to take either the GRE or MAT; applicants for the Joint M.S./J.D. must apply separately to the School of Law, and must submit an LSAT score.

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