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Criminal Justice

What is Criminal Justice?

The Master of Science (MS) program in Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati began in 1978 and had its first graduate in 1981. UC's School of Criminal Justice was ranked #3 in the most recent US News and World Report survey of graduate education in criminology and criminal justice.

Program Goals

The program’s coursework approaches the study of crime and criminal justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing insights from sociology, law, public administration, and criminal justice. The curriculum is designed to achieve several core objectives:

  • Provide students with the conceptual and research skills needed to undertake advanced analyses of crime and the criminal justice system.
  • Furnish law enforcement, corrections, and court practitioners with knowledge of justice administration, social science perspectives of human behavior, policy analysis, and criminal justice theory.
  • Train those who will become leaders in the criminal justice system by providing the skills needed to upgrade levels of professional practice, improve standards, initiate fresh perspectives, and act as agents of change.
  • Prepare social scientists to pursue careers in university and research settings.

Success Factors

Master's degree students in Criminal Justice will leave the program with a broad understanding of crime as well as the different parts of the justice system. Students will become adept at understanding research-based knowledge and how it applies to real-world situations. Although students follow a variety of career paths, the skills learned in the program will help them in information processing and problem solving regardless of their chosen career.

Career Possibilities

Graduate training is growing in significance in the field of criminal justice. Agencies are equating professionalism with higher educational attainment. For many careers, the Master’s in Criminal Justice is becoming the minimum qualification for employment. Former students have found the master's degree to be useful in obtaining a wide range of employment.  Our alumni currently hold positions such as:

  • Lieutenant in the State Police
  • Police Officer
  • Chief of Police
  • Probation Officer
  • Counselor in a Halfway House
  • Research Analyst for a Federal Agency
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Crime Reporter
  • College Professor

Curriculum Guides

Advising

For advising questions, please contact:

Jean Gary at garynj@ucmail.uc.edu or by phone at (513) 556-1819.
Prof. Chris Sullivan can be reached at sullivc6@ucmail.uc.edu or by phone at (513) 556-3851.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Prospective students will complete the on-line application for their requested program by the posted application deadline. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required materials and support documents are successfully submitted. Incomplete applications will not be processed or reviewed.

Review of applications for Fall Admissions begins February 1st. Full-time students are generally admitted only for Fall Semester.

Admission requirements include:

  • A baccalaureate degree (any major) from an accredited institution
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Graduate Record Examination scores
  • At least two (2) letters of reference
  • A personal statement describing relevant qualifications, goals, and program fit

Transcripts:

Providing academic records during the application process. All applicants are required to upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Applicants should NOT send official transcripts as part of the application process.

Providing academic records after admission. Once an applicant has been extended an offer of admission to the University of Cincinnati and has accepted the offer, s/he must submit an official transcript showing conferral of a baccalaureate degree or higher as soon as possible to the address below. The university defines “official” transcripts as transcripts that have been received from a secure, authenticated issuing institution and bears validation (e.g., a seal, logo, or watermark), including a date, and an appropriate signature. Official transcripts MUST be sent forward in their original, sealed envelope. The absolute final deadline for submission of official transcripts is one week before the start of the student’s first semester. Students will NOT be allowed to complete a full semester without providing verification of an earned baccalaureate degree or higher. Any discrepancy later found between student-provided unofficial transcripts and official transcripts will be grounds for dismissal. Official Transcripts should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627

 

UC Alumni

Students who have received degrees from the University of Cincinnati do not need to submit official paper copies of their UC transcripts.

Students with degrees received in China

Applicants who have received degrees in China will upload their unofficial transcripts during the application process. The university defines “unofficial” transcripts as transcripts that have been in the hands of students, are typically printed on plain paper, and do not have a college seal or registrar's signature. Unofficial transcripts do NOT need to be verified at this stage of the application process.

After being accepted to join a graduate program

Applicants who have earned a degree in China must submit an English-version verification report from the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC) of their final transcripts and degree certificates.  All verification reports must be sent to the University of Cincinnati directly by the CDGDC to be considered official. No other verification will be accepted. Applicants with Chinese transcripts must contact the CDGDC after their degree is completed and request that their degree verification report be submitted directly to the University of Cincinnati. Students who request a verification report prior to degree conferral will be required to submit a second report after conferral.

Verification reports can be ordered at the following websites:

Verification reports are due to the Graduate School one week prior to the start of the student’s first semester. Failure to submit verification reports on time will result in a student being placed in non-matriculated status and loss of his/her student visa status. Verification reports should be sent to one of the following addresses:

Regular U.S. postal mail: Delivery via parcel delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.):
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
110 Van Wormer Hall
P.O. Box 210627
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
Graduate School
University of Cincinnati
2614 McMicken Circle
110 Van Wormer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0627
 

Application Deadlines

If you would like to submit an electronic application for the Criminal Justice Master of Science Program please visit our On-Line Graduate School Application and complete the form.

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

P.O. Box 210389
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: 513-556-1819
Jean Gary
jean.gary@uc.edu