Criminal Justice (M.S.)

The MS in Criminal Justice Studies will give you the tools and training to provide efficient and effective service to ever-changing local, state, and national conditions. You will build and refine your ability to think strategically, communicate effectively, and act ethically all while developing comprehensive solutions to crime. This non-thesis, 30-credit master’s program provides a path to excellence for current practitioners in corrections, courts, EMS, fire, law enforcement, and other public safety organizations. Our academically distinctive graduate courses emphasize leadership, communication, research, and theory to build successful justice system leaders.

With the guidance of their advisor, students will produce a starred paper based on a criminal justice topic of their choice that includes a review of relevant research as well as a constructive and critical analysis of existing theories and viewpoints. Students completing this paper are required to complete a preliminary and a final oral examination.

Admission requirements
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA
  • Three years of practitioner experience in a public safety organization or permission from program director
  • Statement of intent
  • GRE not required

Additional inquiries about the MS in Criminal Justice Studies may be directed to Dr. Mario L. Hesse, Program Director. 

Program Distinctions

  • Students may be able to complete a portion of their graduate credit requirements through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL).
  • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a focused, practitioner-based curriculum.
  • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice CJS rubric courses are offered completely online.
  • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is not recommended for those wishing to pursue a PhD.
  • Students attending full-time can complete the Master of Science in Criminal Justice in three semesters.
  • All Criminal Justice faculty have doctoral degrees and practitioner-based experience. 
  • Competitive tuition and fees. 

Graduate Director

Dr. Mario L. Hesse

Popular Careers

  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension
  • City/county jails
  • City police departments
  • County sheriff’s offices
  • Government and military agencies
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • MN Department of Corrections/County Corrections
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
International
Inside U.S.
Fall June 15 (priority) August 1 (final) June 15 June 15 (Priority) Aug. 1 (Final)
Spring NA NA NA
Summer NA NA NA

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