Criminal Justice (M.S.)

The MS in CJS degree is designed for those who are dedicated to serving and protecting their communities. The MS in CJS focuses on preparing students for future opportunities. Students accepted in the MS in CJS program will learn to develop partnerships, facilitate inclusive conversations, create change within an institution, and understand methods for researching, implementing and evaluating diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. From local police departments to state courts to the U.S. Department of Justice, America’s criminal justice system is expansive. Law enforcement officers, judges, attorneys, corrections officers, social workers, and policymakers all have a role to play. Academically distinctive, graduate courses in this program emphasize leadership, communication, research, and theory.

Program Highlights

  • 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 purse a PhD.
  • Students attending full-time can complete the Master of Science in Criminal Justice in three (3) semesters.

Program Distinctions

  • 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.
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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