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 ideal for those wishing to work in law enforcement.
- 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 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- If a student without a prior criminal justice degree wishes to apply, they still may
do so upon completing 12 hours of preliminary coursework. Courses may include: Introduction
to Criminal Justice, Methods of Research, or Criminology Theory and Statistics.
- In addition, applicants must submit an APA style 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.
"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"
- Officer Sanchez