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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.

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.

At A Glance

Criminal Justice, MA

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Application deadlines

Rolling deadlines - applications are accepted year around for Spring, Summer and Fall admission

Admission requirements

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:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. two letters of recommendation
  4. a written statement
  5. 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

Students should see the academic unit website for application deadlines.

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