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Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice
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Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice

The Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice offers graduate course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The program is designed for persons interested in pursuing deeper knowledge of U.S. criminal justice policies and practices beyond the baccalaureate level. It is open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree, and is especially appropriate for practitioners pursuing promotional opportunities. Anyone currently working in the field or preparing for federal, state or local agency employment should find this program accommodating to their schedules as it will initially be completely online. Our program is also supported by a comprehensive collection of journals, books and government documents relating to the numerous facets of criminal justice policy, leadership and research.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the M.S. in criminal justice program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Potential graduate students are each evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants must submit the following materials and meet the admission criteria as indicated:

  • Undergraduate academic record (transcripts of all undergraduate course work)
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • At least two letters of recommendation
  • An essay of no more than 750 words regarding your opinion of the single most important challenge to 21st-century criminal justice written in endnote or footnote format. Outside sources may be used.

The GRE test is not required for admittance to the program.

Delivery Method

This degree is offered completely online only. Graduate CRIJ courses are delivered in a 16-week format.

Time Frame

The program can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Degree Requirements 

Courses Hours
CRIJ 6330 Critical Analysis of Justice Administration 3
CRIJ 6332 Criminal Justice Theory 3
CRIJ 6334 Research Methods and Statistics 3
CRIJ 6339 Police in Society 3
CRIJ 6372 Seminar in Corrections 3
CRIJ 6387 Seminar in Criminal Justice Agency Ethics 3
CRIJ 6389 Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 6393 Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System 3
CRIJ Elective courses 12                 


All students must successfully pass a comprehensive final exam before graduation.This does not need to take place on the ASU campus and can be done via teleconference or other appropriate methods. Please see the section on Advisory Committees for oral comprehensive exams in the Graduate Catalog under Academic Guidelines and Graduate Studies Policies.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of nine semester credit hours of graduate course work completed in a regionally accredited institution may be transferred toward the master’s degree in Border Security and Security Studies. Transfer credits cannot be applied to graduate certificates in Border Security and Security Studies. Official transcripts showing the successful completion of the courses petitioned to be transferred must be on file in the College of Graduate Studies. No graduate work for which the student received a grade lower than “B” will be accepted for transfer credit. No graduate work which was part of a degree awarded at another institution will be accepted for transfer credit. All transferred course work must have been completed no more than six years prior to the awarding of the master’s degree at Angelo State University. Approved transfer credit will be awarded after the student has successfully completed one semester or term of graduate enrollment. Department Head Dr. Robert Ehlers can provide a recommendation for transfer credit to the graduate dean at the student’s request. For more information, please contact the department head.