University of Cincinnati

Master of Science in Criminal Justice


Off-site Admissions Center, P.O. Box 691629

Orlando, OK 32869-9916

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Format: Online

Program Description:

We are the University of Cincinnati.
Since its founding in 1819, UC has been the source of many discoveries creating positive change for society, including the first cooperative education system in 1903, the first antihistamine, the oral polio vaccine, the first electronic organ, and the first degree program offered via satellite. University of Cincinnati is classified as a Research University (Very High Research Activity) by the Carnegie Commission. Each year, this urban, public research university graduates more than 5,000 students, adding to the more than 250,000 alumni living around the world.

The School of Criminal Justice is ranked among the Top 3 Criminal Justice programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and it’s the highest ranked school with an online master’s degree in Criminal Justice. UC’s online Master of Science program has graduated more than 2,000 students in its ten year history online. Our graduates command the respect of their peers and supervisors as they lead positive change in the field of criminal justice.

What else makes UC’s program so distinct?

  • Constantly updated criminal justice curriculum
  • Three distinct and relevant concentration offerings
  • Most published criminal justice faculty in the country
  • Commitment to research

The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).* Regional accreditation is the type of accreditation awarded to the nation’s largest and most prestigious public and private colleges and universities. All public, state-funded universities in the United States, including the University of Cincinnati, are regionally accredited.

*The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; Phone: 800-621-7440; Fax: 312-263-7462.

Top Rankings

  • Top 3 criminal justice graduate program (U.S. News and World Report, 2010)
  • No. 1 faculty nationally in publications of criminal justice research (Journal of Criminal Justice, 2007)
  • Top 100 public universities (U.S. News & World Report college rankings, 2012)
  • Featured in The Best 201 Colleges for the Real World: Get In. Get Out. Get a Job.
  • Ranked 62nd among the Top 100 “Elite Values” in higher education (Money Magazine)
  • Rated one of the best 373 colleges (Princeton Review, 2011)

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program Details
The comprehensive 11-course curriculum is designed to help you understand the conceptual and theoretical frameworks that inform the study of crime and criminal justice, assess problems through a rigorous research approach, and conduct improved policy analysis. The program will also help you identify current trends in the areas of corrections, policing, and criminology. Many of our graduates pursue careers in research and university settings or assume other leadership roles in the criminal justice system.

Program Highlights

  • Eleven total courses (33 semester hours): Graduate in as few as two years of dedicated part-time study or one year of full-time study
  • Take only one course at a time in the part-time program (two courses in the full-time program)
  • Access courses and assignments any time, 24 hours a day, from any computer in the world
  • Curriculum that combines cutting-edge theory with real-world application
  • Three enrollment periods each year: fall, spring, and summer
  • Receive the same degree on-campus students receive
  • All courses are taught by full-time University of Cincinnati faculty from the School of Criminal Justice

UC's distance learning program offers three distinct concentrations so that you can focus your master's degree in an area of criminal justice that is most relevant to you. Our innovative courses are constantly updated by our renowned faculty.

  • Analysis of Criminal Behavior - The Analysis of Criminal Behavior concentration in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program focuses on the various types of criminal offenders and methods of criminal offending. Designed for students who want to deepen their understanding of the bio-social factors that differentiate serious criminal offenders from other people, this concentration also provides students with an in-depth grasp of specialized forms of criminal behavior.
  • Law Enforcement & Crime Prevention - The Law Enforcement & Crime Prevention concentration in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is specifically designed to supply individuals with a strengthened knowledge of the intricacies and fundamentals of law enforcement and crime prevention. The curriculum provides students access to a diverse set of core courses dealing with basic theories and practices, while additional elective courses give students the opportunity to focus on other topics of interest, such as applied crime prevention and police effectiveness.
  • Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation - The Corrections and Offender Rehabilitation concentration in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is ideal for individuals looking to start or enhance their career in corrections and make a positive change in the lives of convicted men and women, and adjudicated juveniles. The program offers a series of courses that focus primarily on rehabilitating and treating criminal offenders; the comprehensive curriculum covers the theoretical and philosophical frameworks of corrections, as well as the theory and practice of community corrections and latest developments in offender rehabilitation. The material within this concentration also addresses the pressing matter of dealing with special populations such as youths, the addicted, and the mentally ill.

Quality Matters
UC’s nationally ranked College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) is recognized as a Quality Matters™ institution for its commitment to continuously improve the design and delivery of its online courses. Quality Matters is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. Rest assured that with the rigorous, nationally recognized Quality Matters standards in place, your coursework will meet the highest standards and best practices for online learning.

World Renowned Faculty
UC professors aren’t just teaching about the criminal justice field: they are helping shape it — one student at a time. In this highly ranked master’s degree program, you will learn from full-time faculty who write the books on criminal justice…literally. The faculty is frequently heralded as the most published in top criminal justice journals, earning the reputation for being “innovators” in the field (Journal of Criminal Justice Education, 2011). Our faculty represent a who’s who among leading criminal justice researchers, including the winner of the American Society of Criminology’s most prestigious award — the Edwin H. Sutherland Award – and many other national award winners.


The University of Cincinnati is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicant must hold a bachelor's degree

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 33

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: A range of financial assistance programs from government and private institutions are available to help you afford your educational goals. The University of Cincinnati participates in Federal Title IV funding such as Stafford guaranteed student loans.

Locale: Large City

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