About the Program
Crime and criminal justice are at the forefront of national policy and practice. The increasing emphasis on professional preparation in criminal justice careers places additional academic demands on the in-service professional. To meet this need, Georgia State’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree in criminal justice and criminology.
Career opportunities for graduates of the master’s program in criminal justice are numerous, diverse and rewarding. Georgia State graduates have found employment at the following: FBI, ATF, GBI, EPA, Secret Service, numerous local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies, probation and parole agencies, juvenile justice agencies and the research branches of federal, state and local agencies.
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|Priority Deadline – February 15
Regular Deadline – April 1
Late Deadline – June 1
|Regular Deadline – October 1
Late Deadline – November 1
*Online applications must be submitted and all materials received by the deadline to be reviewed for admission.
Application Submission Instructions
- Create an account.
- Start a new application.
- Select application type: “Graduate Programs”
- Click “Create application”
- Click “Open Application” to begin your application
- On the “Program Selection” page:
- Select College: “Andrew Young School of Policy Studies”
- Select Program: “Criminal Justice; Master of Science”
A completed application includes:
- Submitted Online Application. All online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
- Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
- Goal statement: The goal statement is your means of presenting yourself to the Graduate Admissions Committee. You should submit a short typed statement of personal and professional goals as they relate to the certificate or degree program you are seeking. Most applicants write two typed pages, summarizing their work experience, the reasons they have chosen the program, why they want to attend Georgia State and how the degree fits in with their career goals.
- Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by GA State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
- TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores (International applicants only): All international applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
- Three letters of recommendation: All letters should be submitted through the online application.
- Upload Transcripts from each post-secondary college/university attended:
- Upload each transcript to the Academic History section of the online application before submitting your application -or- upload to your application status page under the Upload Materials section if your application has been submitted.
- Review all requirements for submitting transcripts here.
- Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.
If you need assistance with the application process, contact the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs.
If you want to learn more about our programs, contact the Office of Academic Assistance for the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at AYSEnroll@gsu.edu.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice Forms
- CRJU MS Program of Study Form excel file
- Change of Program
- Masters Directed Readings/ Independent Study Form-fillable
- Thesis Committee Appointment
- Thesis Application
- Approval of Thesis Proposal
- Result of Thesis Defense
For help with your career direction, contact AYSPS Career Services. Attend our frequent workshops or work one-on-one with a career counselor to optimize your job search.