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Advance your career in law enforcement or corrections on your timeline. From anywhere.  

Advance Your Career

A master's degree in criminal justice prepares you for jobs at the federal, state, and local levels; for promotion in your current field; or in pursuit of a Ph.D.

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Improve your career options without setting foot on campus. Our 100% online program gives you the flexibility you need to take your career to the next level.

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But online doesn't mean you'll be going it alone. Our award-winning faculty, advisors, and career services teams will guide you to your goals.

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The numbers tell the story…

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department graduates employed or in grad school

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  • No prior criminal justice experience required
  • Few prerequisites required
  • Partners with Missouri Southern State University
  • Courses reviewed with Quality Matters
  • Work closely with faculty mentors who are industry professionals

We let our graduates do the talking...

"Graduating from the criminal justice program has helped shape me into the state trooper I am today. Even now, coming up three years as a state trooper, I am constantly going back to my time as a graduate student and dissecting and learning from everyday situations."Jose (J.J.) Sanchez, '13, M.S. in Criminal Justice, Missouri State Highway Patrol

Our Alumni Go Places.

Below are just a few examples of the companies who hire graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Science at Southeast Missouri State.

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Division of Youth Services
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Missouri Department of Corrections
  • Missouri Highway Patrol
  • Missouri National Guard
  • Secret Service
  • U.S. District Public Defenders Office
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • U.S. Probation and Parole

Our Master of Science in criminal justice is a cooperative online 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.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Students without a criminal justice degree may apply upon completing 12 hours of preliminary course work.
  • Submit an APA style letter of intent addressing preparation for graduate study, ability to succeed at the graduate level, and professional goals and objectives. Letter may have up to 750 words and should be addressed to the Director of Admissions.

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  • CJ 505. Social Inequality.
    Provides a critical examination of the meanings, history, correlates, and consequences of both privileges and social inequalities as they relate to the American criminal justice system. (3).
  • CJ 510. Comparative Criminal Justice Systems.
    Study of the criminal justice systems of four major countries, including Great Britain, Japan, and Sweden. (3).
  • CJ 519. Restorative Justice.
    Exploration of the principles and theory of restorative justice and its application as a response to criminal conduct. (3).

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  • Dr. Michelle Kilburn, Ed. D., joined the Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology in 2010. Before becoming a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice, she served as the first Director of Southeast Online at Southeast Missouri State University. Her research interests include law enforcement use of social media and impact panels. Current projects include a state-wide evaluation of Missouri Probation and Parole Programs and inmate leadership development programs

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