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

  • Two specializations offered — criminal justice administration and criminal justice counseling, or students may elect an elective track. 
  • Graduate assistantships sponsored each year.
  • Course-centered, traditional curriculum.
  • Course delivery methods may be on campus, completely online or hybrid (synchronously online) formats. 

Program Distinctions

  • 374 students have graduated with a master's degree in Criminal Justice

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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 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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