Master of Science in Criminal Justice (Online)

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a professionally oriented terminal master’s degree offered completely online. It’s designed to develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to become an effective practitioner or supervisor within the criminal justice system. It provides students with advanced academic training, special expertise in advanced issues within the criminal justice system, supervisory and administrative proficiency, and the methodological and statistical skills necessary to understand research and new developments in criminal justice.

Graduates of this program will be expected to continue their work in the criminal justice field, be prepared to handle increasing responsibilities in their jobs, and gain promotions to the highest levels of their organizations.

If you are considering pursuing a Ph.D. following completion of this degree program, you must enroll in the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice. This program will not qualify you for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Attention is centered on:

  • Advanced academic knowledge for working professionals
  • Mastery of creation, presentation, and analysis of criminal justice policy
  • Special expertise in advanced issues covering the criminal justice system
  • Increased supervisory and administrative proficiency and implementation of policies
  • Methodological and statistical skills necessary to understand research and new developments in the criminal justice field

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  • Score of at least 50 on the Miller analogies Test or 900 on the Graduate Record Examination verbal and quantitative sections
  • Statement of purpose detailing current employment in the criminal justice system and the significance of attaining the MSCJ

General Requirements

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 36 hour degree, including 18 hours of required courses and 18 hours of electives. The required courses include Policy Prep and Capstone in which the final project is completed. An oral defense of the final project is required.

Graduation Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above
  • Successfully complete a written capstone with oral defense
  • Students who do not attain a 3.0 GPA within the required hours may complete no more than six additional hours to achieve the GPA