Master of Science
M.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 36-hour program (11 classes and a capstone course) designed to meet the needs of working professionals who are dedicated to a career in criminal justice. This educational opportunity is offered in a flexibile online format or alternatively through on-campus evening classes. Full-time students can complete the degree in 18 months; part-time students may choose to pursue the degree at a slower pace.
Students can complete the entire Master of Science degree online if they wish.
The M.S. degree does not require GRE test scores. For unconditional admission, students must meet Graduate School admissions standards, including a 3.0 GPA or higher in the last two years of undergraduate work. Students not meeting these standards may be considered for provisional admission.
- A professionally oriented master’s degree can help students advance their careers, improve their professional skills, and develop new competencies.
- According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010, the median annual salary of master’s degree recipients was over $12,000 higher than the median salary for individuals who only held a bachelor’s degree.
- Students can also complete the entire Master of Science degree or courses towards a Master of Science degree online.
- Online courses provide students with more flexibility and control over their schedule.
- To review our course offerings, click here.
How to Apply
Begin the application process through Graduate Studies. Required materials include your undergraduate transcripts, a personal statement summarizing your career plans and interest in our program, three letters of recommendation, and payment of the application fee.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. You can submit your online application at any time. Once your application is processed and you are accepted into the program, you can enroll in classes the following semester.
For More Information
The Master of Science student handbook offers a lot of useful information. Additional questions regarding any of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Master of Science degree options can be directed to Mark Foxall, Ph.D.