Graduate Program Director

Will Pizio

Criminal Justice Graduate Program Director




Graduate Program in Criminal Justice

Guilford College is now accepting applications to our Master of Science in Criminal Justice program beginning fall 2017.

The M.S. in criminal justice program is ideal for criminal justice professionals seeking career advancement, as well as undergraduate students who plan to earn an advanced degree.

As the only criminal justice graduate program in the Triad, we offer a curriculum that is interdisciplinary, theoretically grounded, empirically rigorous and policy-oriented. The curriculum addresses ongoing problems and contemporary issues in criminal justice and emphasizes the transferrable skills afforded by the liberal arts tradition, including advanced critical thinking, written and verbal communication and research skills.

The program is unique because it focuses on both systems of criminal justice and the communities they serve. Graduates will be leaders committed to improving the criminal justice system and who embody Guilford’s seven core values, especially justice and integrity.

Program Benefits and Highlights

  • Only criminal justice master’s degree program in the Triad
  • Low faculty to student ratio
  • Diverse faculty with backgrounds in law enforcement, law and corrections
  • Flexible schedules with day & evening classes, including hybrid online courses
  • Thesis option to prepare students for doctoral studies
  • Problem-solving practicum (non-thesis option) that engages students with local criminal justice agencies for those planning careers in criminal justice and practitioners seeking career advancement


All applications must include a required, nonrefundable $75 application fee. Tuition is $600 per credit hour and includes fees (except the $75 application fee). While Guilford College cannot offer financial aid for this program, students should complete the FAFSA to learn if they qualify for federal or state aid in the form of loans. 

M.S. in Criminal Justice

General Information

To earn the M.S. in criminal justice, students must complete 40 credit hours through a combination of required and elective courses, detailed below.

Required Courses

required courses 600-level - 4 courses (16 credits) 
JPS 600   Analysis of Foundations in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
JPS 601   Advanced Research Methods or JPS 504 Advanced Data Analysis (4 credits) 
JPS 602  Problem-Solving in Criminal Justice (4 credits) 
JPS 603  Crime, Justice and Community (4 credits) 
required courses 600-level - choose either thesis or problem-solving track - 2 courses (8 credits) 
JPS 650  Thesis Preparation (4 credits)
JPS 651  Thesis (4 credits)
JPS 652  Problem Solving Preparation (4 credits)
JPS 653  Problem-Solving Practicum (4 credits)

Elective Courses

elective courses - 4 courses (16 credits) 
crime and policy 
JPS 510  Criminological Theory (4 credits)
JPS 511  Cybercrime (4 credits)
JPS 512  Environmental Crime (4 credits)
JPS 513  Law and Social Science (4 credits)
JPS 514  Race, Class, Gender and Criminal Justice (4 credits)
JPS 515  Public Policy (4 credits)
JPS 520  Theories of Punishment (4 credits)
JPS 521  Advanced Corrections and Incarceration (4 credits)
JPS 522 Current Issues in Corrections (4 credits)
law and courts 
JPS 530  Legal Theory (4 credits)
JPS 531  Advanced Criminal Procedure (4 credits)
JPS 532  Prosecution and Trial (4 credits)
JPS 533  Current Issues in Courts (4 credits)
JPS 540  Advanced Policing (4 credits)
JPS 541  Police Theory (4 credits)
JPS 542 Current Issues in Policing (4 credits)
JPS 545  Police Brutality and Culture (4 credits)
Independent Study and Special Topics
JPS 598  Independent Study in Criminal Justice (4 credits)
JPS 599  Special Topics (4 credits)