Master of Science, Criminal Justice


The Department of Justice Sciences offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (MSCJ). The program is divided into two tracks: the Thesis Track Training Program that is designed to prepare students to pursue doctoral-level study in criminology, criminal justice, or a related field and the Non-Thesis Program, geared toward working professionals and designed to provide to them advanced training in such areas as research methods, program evaluation, and policy analysis. The required core curriculum for both tracks includes courses in criminological theory, research methods, statistics, and criminal justice policy.

The MS curriculum is grounded in the study of crime and justice from the perspectives of sociology, political science, psychology, and law. The curriculum also stresses both theoretical and quantitative analyses. Graduates of the program have gone on to pursue doctorates in criminal justice and criminology at some of the finest doctoral training programs in the country, or to careers in public and private-sector agencies in the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels of government.

Students have an option to pursue a joint degree program in Public Administration and Criminal Justice (MSCJ/MPA), sponsored by the Departments of Justice Sciences and Government and Public Affairs.  For more information on the joint degree program, consult the MSCJ Program Director, Heith Copes at