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Justice and Policy Studies Department

Criminal Justice Master's

M.S., Graduate

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All sworn and non-sworn Criminal Justice workers receive a 10 percent discount on tuition.

Looking for information about tuition and financial aid? Visit the Graduate Student Financial Aid page or contact the Office of Financial Aid.
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Give Your Career a Boost

The master’s in Criminal Justice focuses on connecting criminal-justice theory to practice. You’ll analyze current practices in the field and offer critical reflection to enhance your ability to address problems as they occur in real time.

The program will prepare you to make a more meaningful contribution to public safety and security and to the wellbeing of your community. It also:

  • Provides graduate level, in-depth study of criminal justice in preparation for a career or career enhancement
  • Offers interdisciplinary perspectives relevant to the advanced study of criminal justice
  • Offers a distinctive curriculum that’s theoretically grounded, empirically rigorous and policy-oriented (i.e., it draws upon the evidence-based and problem-solving traditions of the field to address complex questions of crime causation, control and prevention)
  • Emphasizes advanced critical thinking, written and verbal communication and research into contemporary issues, such as police discretion, use of force, racial profiling, mandatory minimum sentencing and the death penalty

Special Features

  • Only Criminal Justice master’s program in the Triad
  • Convenient day and evening options, plus hybrid online courses
  • Finish the program in three semesters.
  • Faculty members have practical experience in law enforcement, courts and corrections.
  • Uniformed officers receive a 10 percent discount on tuition.

Classes With Opportunity for Hands-on Learning

  • Foundations of Criminal Justice
  • Problem Solving in Criminal Justice
  • Crime, Justice and Community
  • Advanced Research Methods or Advanced Data Analysis
  • Thesis

Degree Requirements

To earn a master’s in Criminal Justice, students must complete 10 courses (40 credit hours). There are six required courses that all students must take and four electives in such areas as police, courts and law, corrections and crime and policy.

College Catalog

For more information about courses for the master's in Criminal Justice and the Justice and Policy Studies Department, visit the online, searchable College Catalog. In addition to the Undergraduate Catalog, information includes academic department and major information as well as academic regulations and resources; admission standards and requirements; and tuition, fees and financial aid information.