Criminal Justice, Master of Science (M.S.)

The Criminal Justice graduate program provides students with evidence-based practices and practical skills to advance their professional and academic careers while promoting social justice, restorative justice, advancing public policy, and being a change agent in the diverse communities they will serve.

Program Highlights

  • The Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Minnesota State University offers a flexible degree plan suitable for students seeking to further their professional careers as well as students seeking an academic path.
  • The program emphasizes contemporary evidence based practices in justice system administration but also builds students' methodological and analytical skills, preparing them to be innovators in the field.
  • The program has 11 full time faculty with terminal degrees and field experience, with many engaging on ongoing research programs.
  • Students working towards a Criminal Justice Leadership Graduate Certificate may track into the Master of Science program and earn the degree by completing 15 additional credits.

Application Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
  • Statement indicating how a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice fits into your future plans. 

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

The program is offered exclusively online and is not eligible for I-20 issuance.

Application Deadlines

  U.S. Based Applicants International Applicants
Fall Start Rolling May 1
Spring Start Rolling September 1
Summer Start Rolling N/A

 Time to Completion: 18 months

Graduate Coordinator Contact

Dr. TJ Vaughan

Criminal justice Website