Criminal Justice : Online

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Why study Criminal Justice : Online?

Why pursue a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Online?

The Online Master’s program in Criminal Justice involves a comprehensive 11-course curriculum. This curriculum is designed for Criminal Justice professionals seeking to advance their career to the next level. This two-year program was created for graduate students to aid them in identifying current trends in corrections, policing, and criminology. More than 1,500 students have graduated from the program since its founding date.

The University of Cincinnati’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice program is ranked 12th best in the country by U.S. News & World Report (2020). Our widely respected School of Criminal Justice is consistently ranked among the top 15 Best Criminal Justice Schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice online program is selective and based on meeting the requirements outlined below. A background in criminal justice is not required for this program.

  • Bachelor’s Degree (in any field of study) from a regionally accredited university
  • An overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from all previous undergraduate coursework. An overall 2.75 GPA will be considered for acceptance with at least one of the following:
    • Five years of criminal justice work experience (does not include social work)
    • Nine hours of graduate coursework with a 3.0 GPA or higher with a regionally accredited college or university
    • A minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within five years of your application
  • At least two professional or academic letters of recommendation from individuals you have known for a minimum of one year
  • International applicants must have a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper version) or 190 (electronic version)

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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

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.

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.

  • 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

UC's online 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.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year, with three enrollment periods:

Fall Semester: August 1

Spring Semester - December 1

Summer Semester - April 1

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

Contact Information

CECH Office of Recruitment
PO BOX 210014
CIncinnati, OH 45221
(513) 556-6308
cechrecruit@uc.edu

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Program Code: 18MAS-CJ-MS-.CJ-DL