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. 

Program Highlights

  • Program core builds a solid theory research base in criminal justice. 
  • Course delivery methods may be on campus, online* or hybrid (synchronously online) formats.
    *Online courses offered each semester may vary.
  • Course-centered, traditional curriculum.
  • Graduate assistantships sponsored each year across campus.

Program Distinctions

  • All Criminal Justice faculty have doctoral degrees and practitioner-based experience. 
  • The cost of completing is approximately $15,000 or $400 per credit for students enrolled in on campus courses. The cost for online courses is higher.

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall June 15 (priority) August 1 (final) March 15 (priority) May 1 (final) June 15 (priority) August 1 (final)
Spring NA NA NA
Summer NA NA NA

Degree Levels

Licensure Graduate Certificate Master Post-Master Doctorate

Delivery Options

St. CLoud (on campus) Online Synchronous online St. Cloud State at Plymouth 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
  • Victim services 

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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