Master of Science in Criminal Justice- Onsite

About the Program

Our Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program approaches the study of crime and criminal justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing insights from sociology, law, public administration, and criminal justice. As a Master’s Degree student in Criminal Justice, you will leave the program with a broad understanding of crime as well as the different parts of the justice system. You will become adept at understanding research-based knowledge and how it applies to real-world situations.  Although our students follow a variety of career paths, the skills learned in the program will help you in information processing and problem solving regardless of your chosen career. This program is available on-campus or completely online.

Program Objectives

The Master’s in Criminal Justice 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


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