Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Onsite


The on-campus Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 30-semester hour program designed to be completed in one calendar year of full-time study. The program approaches the study of crime and criminal justice from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing insights from sociology, law, public administration and criminal justice. In addition to providing students with advanced coursework in the field, the program emphasizes the development of analytical, administrative, leadership and research skills.

5.66 Job Growth Nationwide, $77K Average Salary Nationwide,  1 Year Completion Duration

This data is provided by BLS, 2021 through Burning Glass.

Program Objectives

The Criminal Justice curriculum is structured to meet four objectives:

  • Provide students with the conceptual and research skills needed to undertake advanced analyses of 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 supervisory standards, initiate fresh perspectives, and act as agents of social change.
  • Prepare social scientists to pursue careers in university and research settings.

UC’s School of Criminal Justice was ranked #3 in the most recent U.S. News & World Report survey of graduate education in criminology and criminal justice.

Master's Program

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Graduate Certificates

The Master's of Criminal Justice offers three certificates relating to this program:

Doctoral Program

The Criminal Justice program also offers a doctorate degree: