Getting a Master's in criminal justice online is a cooperative program offered by
Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University. Courses
focus on the practical application of assessing programs and policies, conducting
evaluative research and understanding complex legal issues relevant to the field of
criminal justice. This degree is best suited to people currently working in the criminal
- Assess and understand criminal justice problems and issues.
- Conduct basic and applied research in criminal justice, particularly evaluation research.
- Use computer technology to locate information and use statistics and software to analyze problems,
particularly with respect to criminal justice agencies.
- Understand legal issues which affect criminal justice professionals.
- Integrate the findings concerning the psychological, sociological, economic and cultural
roots of crime.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.000 on a 4.00 scale.
- 18 total credits in the social sciences, including criminal justice, criminology,
sociology, psychology, social work, political science or relevant university studies
courses. These credits must include the following: introduction to criminal justice
(3 hours), criminal law (3 hours) and statistics (3 hours).
- In addition, applicants must submit a letter of intent addressing preparation for
graduate study, ability to succeed at the graduate level and professional goals and
objectives. The letter should be typed, a maximum of 750 words in length, and be addressed
to the Director of Admissions.