Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

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In the Criminal Justice program, you will direct your studies to take specialization courses that focus on a sub-system of criminal justice that suits your interests and career goals. You will learn in a course-centered program that includes research, core and seminar or specialization courses.

Program Highlights

  • Three specializations offered criminal justice administration, criminal justice counseling and an elective track.
  • Four graduate assistantships sponsored each year.
  • Program available on campus or completely online.
  • Partners with Alexandra Technical College to offer its law enforcement skills courses at St. Cloud State.
  • Dedicated to self-directed learning to develop leadership skills.
  • Course-centered, traditional curriculum.

Program Distinctions

  • More than 2,500 St. Cloud State criminal justice graduates hold positions throughout the United States.
  • The Criminal Justice program has been training students for leadership positions in criminal justice for more than 37 years.
  • The Department of Criminal Justice Studies is authorized by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (MPOST) to provide coursework in preparing students for the first step in MPOST licensure of peace officer candidates.
  • The Department of Criminal Justice Studies hosts the Alexandria Technical and Community College MPOST Skills Program on campus. More than 96 percent of students completing the program have passed the MPOST examination. 

Student Organizations

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall July 15 May 15 (on campus) July 15 (online) July 15
Spring November 15 September 15 (on campus) November 15 (online) November 15
Summer May 1 February 15 (on campus and online) May 1

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Methods

On-campus Online Distance Satellite Campus Evenings/Weekends

Graduate Director

Dr. Mario L. Hesse

Popular Careers

  • FBI agent
  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Family services
  • Public safety specialist
  • Customs agent
  • Secret Service agent

University Facts & Stats

  • 60 graduate programs leading to graduate certificates, master’s and doctoral degrees
  • More than 200 graduate assistantships awarded per year
  • Graduate assistants receive up to a $9,250 stipend per year and tuition reimbursement for up to eight graduate credits per semester.

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