Jul 23, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, M.A.

College of Behavioral and Community Sciences  
Department: Criminology 


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice online program develops in qualified students the skills to apply principles, theories, and research in the field of criminal justice to “real world” issues.

Major Research Areas: Criminal justice-related fields

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Two letters of recommendation, addressing issues relating to past academic performance or work experience
  • A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose, indicating your reasons for seeking a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and the particular areas of criminology or criminal justice that interest you.

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours - 33 Credit Hours

  • Core - 15 Credit Hours
  • Concentration or Elective Courses - 15 Credit hours
  • Capstone Requirement - 3 Credit Hours

Required Core Courses (18 Credit Hours)

Concentration or Electives (15 Credit Hours)

Students complete either the Concentration or Electives.

Comprehensive Exam

Students complete a culminating project during the capstone course in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Capstone (3 Credit Hours)