Master of Science Degree with a Major in Criminal Justice

Valdosta State University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

The Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice is offered fully online. The Master’s Degree is designed to broaden the perspectives of criminal justice practitioners, to equip practitioners with administrative skills, and to prepare students with further graduate work and scholarship. Completion of 36 credits is required, six of which include a thesis. The degree can be completed in two years.

The Master’s Degree is focused on integrating criminal justice theory with criminal justice practice. Course work in the MS program includes: administration and management; policy development and implementation; ethics; civil liability; scientific criminal justice research methods; statistical analysis; criminological theories; criminal law and procedure; criminal justice planning and policy evaluation; advance crime prevention; comparative criminal justice; seminar in law enforcement; forensic investigation; criminal behavior and personality; juvenile justice; and directed study, to mention a few. Graduates with the degree are prepared to advance their professional careers and/or to pursue a doctoral degree.

Admissions Information

Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution. Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on 4.0 scale calculated on all attempted coursework. See Important Program Information for additional prerequisites. Minimum GRE Requirements: 146 Verbal and 140 Quantitative with a 3.5 analytical score. For GRE’s taken before October 2002 a minimum score of 800 on any two combined sections (verbal + quantitative or verbal plus analytical). Miller Analogies Test Requirement (accepted starting Fall 2013): 387 An essay detailing applicant’s interest in enrolling in the program, goals for advancing his/her intellectual abilities in the program, and how study in the program will advance his/her professional skills. Recommendations from professionals familiar with your academic work.