The University of Tampa's Master of Science degree program in criminology and criminal justice prepares students for both practitioner and management careers in criminal justice and public safety. Students interested in learning more about this program should contact the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program coordinator, Chris Capsambelis.
- Launch or advance your career in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, victim advocacy or criminal justice management.
- Begin program in fall, spring or summer; graduate within two years.
- Earn credentials to pursue doctoral studies or to teach at the college level.
- Choose a thesis or non-thesis option based on educational or career goals.
- Conduct research with faculty members.
- Integrated B.S./M.S. option, available for qualified undergraduates.
Students gain the theoretical groundwork along with the research and statistical skills needed to design and evaluate effective public safety policy and practice. Courses also provide an in-depth study of the structure of the criminal justice system.
- Proseminar in criminal justice issues
- Criminological theory
- Criminal justice policy and program evaluation
- Research design and methods
- Statistics for criminal justice research
- Ethical issues in criminal justice
- Policing and public policy
- Corrections and public policy
- Justice, law and public policy
- White-collar crime
- Comparative criminal justice systems
Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks
Students may choose between thesis and non-thesis tracks. The non-thesis option is designed for those currently employed or seeking employment in the criminal justice system. The thesis option is ideal for students planning to enter a doctoral program following graduation. Students choosing this track will be required to submit an electronic version of their thesis to the Macdonald-Kelce Library for inclusion in the digital repository, which is accessible on the internet. Students may choose to release the work for immediate access worldwide or choose embargoes restricting access of full text to only The University of Tampa community for one, three or five years before the work is released freely on the web through the repository.
Students may begin the program during the fall, spring or summer terms. Courses can be taken in any sequence, with degree completion full-time within one calendar year or part-time within calendar two years.
Integrated B.S./M.S. Option
Currently qualified undergraduates majoring in criminology and criminal justice may apply for enrollment in the combined degree program. Learn more about the integrated program admission requirements.
Admission Requirements and Documents
- Completed application.
- $40 application fee.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- Official transcripts from an undergraduate degree-granting institution.
- Two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources.
- Writing sample indicating evidence of ability to conduct scholarly research (thesis option applicants).
- Personal statement. In approximately 500-1,000 words, describe your professional goals and how a graduate degree from The University of Tampa will help you accomplish those goals. In turn, you may also want to emphasize what you can contribute to the graduate program.
- Professional résumé.
Integrated B.S./M.S. Program Admission Requirements:
Students may be admitted to the combined degree program if they meet the following requirements:
- Students in good standing in UT’s criminology and criminal justice major.
- Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
- Minimum criminology and criminal justice major GPA of 3.25
- Senior status with at least 24 earned credits in criminology and criminal justice major.
- Two letters of recommendation from academic sources.
- Writing sample, indicating evidence of ability to conduct scholarly research.
Personal statement. In approximately 500-1,000 words, describe your professional goals and how a graduate degree from The University of Tampa will help you accomplish those goals. In turn, you may also want to emphasize what you can contribute to the graduate program.
Students admitted to the integrated program will enroll in eight graduate credits (two classes) that will be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. These eight graduate credits will be applied toward program electives in fulfilling the B.S. requirements in criminology and criminal justice. Students are considered undergraduates until completion of 124 credits and satisfactory completion of all B.S. requirements. Upon successfully meeting all B.S. requirements, the baccalaureate degree is conferred and students are automatically classified as graduate students. All graduate application fees are waived for such students.