Sam Houston State University

College of Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Science program in Criminal Justice is designed primarily for persons with or without previous employment experience in the field of criminal justice. It is designed for nontraditional students who have full-time jobs. This degree is available via distance education. Courses are sequenced so that students can complete the degree in two years. The degree prepares students to work in various areas of the criminal justice system including, but not limited to, field positions, administration, organizational management, and social policy. Students who are potentially interested in applying for the Ph.D. program should complete the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

The online masters degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for success in a variety of criminal justice careers such as:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Securities
  • Social Services

The online program is geared toward working professionals pursuing careers in the criminal justice field seeking career advancement, allowing students to complete their degree in two years.

Through quality programming offered by the college and strong faculty relationships with local, state, and national criminal justice agencies, graduates have secured careers in criminal justice ranging from judges, chief probation officers, police administrators, victim advocates, federal law enforcement agents, and more throughout the country.

Applications to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program are on a rolling basis, where the fall semester deadline is August 1, and the spring semester deadline is November 1.

Please submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission considerations include:

  • Graduate Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official transcripts of all academic coursework previously undertaken, including an undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution in an allied field
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official GRE scores may be requested to demonstrate graduate study readiness if the GPA is low
  • Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors referencing the applicant’s ability to perform graduate work
  • A personal essay regarding career background and goals
  • International students ONLY: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)--a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required

A holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed with admission offered on a competitive basis.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Distant Town

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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