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.
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.