Program Description

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 justice field.

Unique Features

  • 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.

Admissions Requirements

  • 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.
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Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Police departments
  • Highway patrol
  • Courts
  • Corrections


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