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Criminal Justice Master’s Degree (M.S.)

This online-only program is designed for those 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. 

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Master of Science in criminal justice


This program is beneficial for anyone preparing for federal, state and local agency employment, or currently working in the field.

Program Highlights

  • Our criminal justice degree has been ranked one of the 31 “Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree Programs” in the U.S. by 

  • Our program is 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

  • All college and university transcripts
  • 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.

Letter of Recommendation


Hold a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.75 or better, including all grades on repeated courses – or hold a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

Application Deadlines

Spring: Dec. 1

Fall: July 15

International Student Spring: Nov. 1

International Student Fall: June 20

You are strongly encouraged to register for the first and second eight-week sessions simultaneously, before the first eight-week session begins.

Degree Plan

  • Degree Requirements for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice
    Courses Hours
    CRIJ 6330 Critical Analysis of Justice Administration 3
    CRIJ 6332 Criminal Justice Theory 3
    CRIJ 6334 Research Methods and Statistics in Security Studies 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 Electives courses 12
  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. No application is required.


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