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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Earn an advanced degree or certificate at the University of Cincinnati

The criminal justice industry is expanding to be more than just an industry for law enforcement. Other sectors such as cybersecurity, human services, corrections, policy, and law research need professionals with an advanced degree in MSCJ. Our graduate programs have an established curriculum created by well-established faculty members that consists of course work in sociology, law, public administration, and theoretical practice. In our graduate programs our students will conduct research and complete projects that will prepare them to have an advantage in their careers. 

Criminal Justice Career Opportunities

Earning a degree in Criminal Justice can open doors to a rewarding and exciting career. Some of the top roles that have been filled with individuals with a Criminal Justice degree are: 

  • Corrections 
  • Court administrator 
  • Criminal investigator 
  • Juvenile Counselor 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Probation officer 
  • Professor

Many of our students who are accepted into this program receive partial or full funding towards this program. 


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I chose Criminal Justice to learn about law enforcement and crime prevention in order to use this knowledge to further the development of policing in my country.

Akshata Kumavat Class of 2019

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Our doctoral degree is perfect for future social scientists! 

The doctorate program within the School of Criminal Justice has been ranked #3 by the U.S. World Report in 2018 and has won numerous awards and accolades through our faculty within their respective fields.

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Earn A Graduate Certificate!

We also offer graduate certificates in various specialties in the criminal justice industry that offer an efficient alternative to pursuing a degree. Here are the certifications we have available: 

  • Analysis of Criminal Behavior
  • Correctional Rehabilitation  
  • Crime Analysis and Prevention
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Our Research-Based Centers

The School of Criminal Justice is the home of two prominent centers and institutes that provides opportunities for research and gain hands-on experience from current industry experts and peers. Our students can take advantage of opportunities offered within the  

  • Center for Criminal Justice Research 
  • Corrections Institute (UCCI) 
  • Institute of Crime Research

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To learn more about our Master of Science in Criminal Justice, please fill out the form below and our Graduate Enrollment Advisor will respond to you within 24-48 business hours.