Ranked No. 5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for three years running, this online program provides you in as few as 18 months with coursework developed by respected professors with expertise in policing, gangs, fraud, corrections, and courts, to help you advance your criminal justice career.
Degree Awarded: MA Criminal Justice
The MA program in criminal justice is designed to provide criminal justice agency professionals with coursework in criminology and the operation of the criminal justice system and with training in research methods and statistics. The degree program also provides students with advanced training in program planning and management, policy analysis, and program evaluation.
Accelerated Program Options
This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years. It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:
Criminology and Criminal Justice, BS
Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
33 credit hours including the required capstone course (CRJ 505)
Required Core (12 credit hours)
CRJ 501 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
CRJ 502 Seminar in Criminology (3)
CRJ 510 Criminal Justice Planning and Program Evaluation (3)
CRJ 511 Applied Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
Electives (18 credit hours)
Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
Capstone Course: CRJ 505 Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice (3)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students can develop specializations in areas such as policing, corrections, and management by combining required and elective coursework.
Students should see the academic unit for an approved elective course list. Electives must be at the 500 level.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
graduate admission application and application fee
two letters of recommendation
a written statement
proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.
The written statement should be at least one page in length and describe the applicant's educational and career goals and long-term professional development strategy.