The Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) at Kennesaw State University is an ideal program for traditional students and professionals in the field of criminal justice who aspire to further their education beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program includes face-to-face and some online course instructional formats. The program also has a unique “Global/International Perspectives in Criminal Justice” focus. The latter includes both an ‘International Criminal Justice Experience’ study abroad opportunity and a comparative criminal justice systems course. The program provides a focused and interactive educational experience designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills in criminal justice administration, including critical thinking and communication, as well as in relevant technologies and information sources. The program also provides students an opportunity to understanding and addressing the significance of cultural diversity within the criminal justice context. These attributes are essential for success in contemporary criminal justice agencies and in relevant private sector organizations both in Georgia and elsewhere. Students will also be prepared for further graduate study should they choose to pursue this option.


A pioneer of high-quality, comprehensive, and global criminal justice education, experience, and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


  1. To prepare students for careers in criminal justice and related fields.
  2. To prepare students for post-graduate and professional education.
  3. To expose students to various types of research methodologies.
  4. To expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice.
  5. To develop critical and analytical thinking skills and an understanding of the scientific method.
  6. To develop effective oral and written communication skills.
  7. To instill awareness of and promote adherence to the highest ethical standards.
  8. To bridge theory, practice, and research.
  9. To foster global learning and community engagement.
  10. To understand and raise awareness of issues involving diversity and discrimination.
  11. To provide opportunities for research and collaborative professional activities.
  12. To learn and utilize current technological applications for research and practice.

MSCJ Course of Study

Students can select to complete:

1) The Thesis Option (33 credit hours) OR

2) The Non-Thesis Option (36 credit hours)

Thesis Option (33 credit hours)

  • Six core courses - 18 hours
  • One global perspectives course - 3 hours
  • Two electives - 6 hours
  • Thesis - 6 hours

Non-Thesis Option (36 credit hours)

  • Six core courses - 18 hours
  • One global perspectives course - 3 hours
  • Four electives - 12 hours
  • Demonstration Project course - 3 hours

Accelerated Bachelor's Master's Degree Program in Criminal Justice

Earn credits toward a MASTER OF SCIENCE in CRIMINAL JUSTICE (MSCJ) degree while still an undergraduate student!

Begin graduate studies in CRIMINAL JUSTICE during your SENIOR YEAR of college!

EARN “DOUBLE” CREDIT -- Graduate courses taken can count toward BOTH your BACHELOR’S and MASTER’S degrees!


Basic Requirements

  • Have completed at least 18 hours of coursework at Kennesaw State.
  • Have a KSU GPA of 3.5 or better.
  • Be within 30 semester hours of graduation.

Admission Requirements

  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Application Letter ( can be uploaded to the online application ) - Should state your interest in and goals for the MS in Criminal Justice program, including reasons for why/how this program will meet your professional or academic needs (Note: If the applicant has a record of work experience in the criminal justice field, the applicant should explain in the letter the type and length of the experience, his or her work-related promotions, and achievements, and skills/ knowledge acquired).
  • Resume - can be uploaded to the online application.
  • Letters of Recommendation (Two) (Can be sent electronically through the online application). Notes: Letters should be from academics/ former professors. One letter could be from a work supervisor if the applicant has numerous years of work experience in the criminal justice field.
  • GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary.
    • ***Important Note***: GRE Score Report NOT needed if the applicant has one of the following other records of external validation:
      (1) Record of successful academic performance such as undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above; *OR*
      (2) Demonstrated the record of successful work experience in the criminal justice field for a period of four (4) or more years.
      [Note: For examples of qualifying types of work experience, see “Admissions Criteria” document on MSCJ Resources page.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 29, 2019
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Resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $290.00. Non-resident tuition fee for 1 credit hour: $1,045.00. Other fees may apply.
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