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Criminal Justice : Distance Learning

What is Criminal Justice : Distance Learning?

In its ten-year history of being offered online, University of Cincinnati’s Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program has graduated more than 1,500 students. The comprehensive 11-course curriculum is designed to help you understand the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that inform the study of crime and criminal justice, assess problems through a rigorous research approach, and conduct improved policy analysis. The program will also help you identify current trends in the areas of corrections, policing, and criminology. Many of our graduates pursue careers in research and university settings or assume other leadership roles in the criminal justice system. Our graduates command the respect of their peers and supervisors as they lead positive change in the field. 

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 should become adept at understanding research-based knowledge and how it might apply to real-world situations. Although students follow a variety of career paths, the skills learned in the program will help students in information processing and problem solving regardless of the path that they use.

Career Possibilities

Former students have found the master's degree to be useful in obtaining a wide range of employment with the criminal justice system. Our alumni are currently employed in positions such as:

  • lieutenant in the state police
  • city police officer
  • chief of police in a small city
  • probation officer
  • counselor in a halfway house
  • research analyst for a federal agency
  • drug enforcement agent
  • crime reporter
  • college professor 

The School of Criminal Justice is confident that the degree substantially heightens employment opportunity and advancement for talented individuals within the field of criminal justice.

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Advisor Brandye Staton

Brandye Staton began her role on UC’s Criminal Justice Distance Learning team in February 2012, but she is certainly not new to the field of higher education. Brandye earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. She also worked for the Southern Mississippi Office of Admissions on the Student Recruitment Team and was selected as a member of the University Ambassador Team, through which she had the opportunity to facilitate recruitment activities, campus visits, and orientation for freshman and transfer students. She has also worked in various admissions roles with other nationally recognized universities. Brandye can be reached at 1-866-226-2820 ext. 5136 or b.staton2@cjonline.uc.edu

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

  • Eleven total courses (33 semester hours): Graduate in as few as two years of dedicated part-time study or one year of full-time study
  • Take only one course at a time in the part-time program (two courses in the full-time program)
  • Access courses and assignments any time, 24 hours a day, from any computer in the world
  • Curriculum that combines cutting-edge theory with real-world application
  • Three enrollment periods each year: fall, spring, and summer
  • Receive the same degree on-campus students receive
  • All courses taught by full-time University of Cincinnati faculty from the School of Criminal Justice

Special Programs

UC's distance learning program offers three distinct concentrations so that you can focus your master's degree in an area of criminal justice that is most relevant to you. Our innovative courses are constantly updated by our renowned faculty.

  • Analysis of Criminal Behavior
    The Analysis of Criminal Behavior concentration in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program focuses on the various types of criminal offenders and methods of criminal offending. Designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the bio-social factors that differentiate serious criminal offenders from other people, this concentration also provides students with an in-depth grasp of specialized forms of criminal behavior.
  • Law Enforcement & Crime Prevention
    The Law Enforcement & Crime Prevention concentration in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is specifically designed to supply individuals with a strengthened knowledge of the intricacies and fundamentals of law enforcement and crime prevention. The curriculum provides students access to a diverse set of core courses dealing with basic theories and practices, while additional elective courses give students the opportunity to focus on other topics of interest, such as applied crime prevention and police effectiveness.
  • Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation
    The Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation concentration in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is ideal for individuals looking to start or enhance their career in corrections and make a positive change in the lives of convicted men and women, and adjudicated juveniles. The program offers a series of courses that focus primarily on rehabilitating and treating criminal offenders; the comprehensive curriculum covers the theoretical and philosophical frameworks of corrections, as well as the theory and practice of community corrections and latest developments in offender rehabilitation. The material within this concentration also addresses the pressing matter of dealing with special populations such as youths, the addicted, and the mentally ill.

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.

A background in criminal justice is not required for this program. Candidates for admission must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree (in any field of study) from a regionally accredited institution
  • Provide at least one professional or academic letter of recommendation
  • Achieved previous academic performance that meets any one of the following criteria:

    If you do not meet the minimum academic requirements, you will need a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test (for all GRE scores taken before August 1, 2011) OR a minimum combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the GRE revised General Test, which replaced the GRE General Test on August 1, 2011. Note: GRE scores are only valid for five years.

    • 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last two years of college work (60 semester hours/90 quarter hours)
    • 2.75 GPA in all college work (120 semester hours/180 quarter hours)
    • 2.5 GPA in the last two years of college (60 semester hours/90 quarter hours) and five years of work experience in criminal justice
    • 3.25 GPA in 9 hours of graduate credit from another university or universities and five years’ work experience in criminal justice
    • 3.5 GPA in 6 hours of graduate credit in the M.S. program at the University of Cincinnati as a non-degree student and five years’ work experience in the field of criminal justice
  • International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper version) or 190 (electronic version)

For more information on Admission Requirements, contact an Enrollment Advisor by clicking here.

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

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year, with three enrollment periods: fall, spring, and summer.

There are four steps to complete the application for admission into the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program.

Step 1: Contact an Enrollment Advisor at 800-645-5078 admissionsmcj@onlinecjdegrees.uc.edu to obtain all the forms necessary to begin the application process.
Step 2:
Order your official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions attended (even if the coursework is listed on another transcript or if you’ve only taken one class at a particular institution).
Step 3: Complete the Online Graduate Application and pay the $65 application fee.
Step 4: Send your Enrollment Advisor the Supplemental Information 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 : Distance Learning

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

2145 MetroCenter Blvd. Suite 400
Orlando, FL 32835
Phone: 800-645-5078
Off-Site Admissions Office
admissionsmcj@cjonline.uc.edu