What does it cost?
Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The M.S. in Criminal Justice is a 36-credit-hour program that can be completed in two years with full time enrollment.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Early deadline: February 15
    • Regular deadline: April 1
    • Late deadline: June 1
  • Spring:
    • Early deadline: October 1
    • Late deadline: November 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Criminal Justice, M.S.

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 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.

Criminal Justice, M.S.

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 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.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The M.S. in Criminal Justice is a 36-credit-hour program that can be completed in two years with full time enrollment.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus

Am I required to take classes at a specific location?
Atlanta Campus

Application Deadlines
View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Early deadline: February 15
    • Regular deadline: April 1
    • Late deadline: June 1
  • Spring:
    • Early deadline: October 1
    • Late deadline: November 1
  • Summer: Does not admit

Careers

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.

Program Details

A completed application includes:

  1. Submitted Online Application. Online applications must be submitted by the deadline. Paper applications are not available.
  2. Application fee: A nonrefundable fee of $50 is required for each application. This fee must be paid online by credit card.
  3. 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.
  4. Official GRE (Graduate Record Examination) scores: Official scores must be reported to institution code 5251 and received by Georgia State by the application deadline. More information can be found at our Admissions FAQ page or, to schedule the test, at www.gre.org.
  5. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) Academic scores (International applicants only): International applicants are required to submit official TOEFL or IELTS Academic scores.
  6. Three letters of recommendation: Letters should be submitted through the online application.
  7. 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 requirements for submitting transcripts here.
    • Failure to follow these requirements will delay your application processing.

At the time of graduation, students who successfully complete the master’s degree program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a working understanding of the theoretical knowledge base in criminal justice and criminology.
  2. Critically analyze crime and justice issues and/or information using theoretical, methodological and statistical skills
  3. Apply learned terminology and theory to working-world situations that relate to and expand outside the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
  4. Communicate effectively, in oral and written form, their understanding and analyses of crime and justice issues as they apply their knowledge to working-world problems and questions.
  5. Apply acquired research and statistical skill bases to evaluate the quality of scholarly products and their contribution to the fields of criminology and criminal justice.
  6. Provide an integrated view of crime and criminal justice systems and processes and how the components interact and intersect to provide coordinated justice administration.
  • Required Courses (15)
  • Elective Courses (15-18)
  • Capstone Experience (3) or Thesis (6)

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Description

Contacts

Criminal Justice
Email: cjmail@gsu.edu
Phone: 404-413-1020

Office Location
55 Park Place NE Ste. 506
Atlanta GA, 30303

Mailing Address:
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3992
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-3992

Academic Assistance
Email: AYSEnroll@gsu.edu
Phone: 404-413-0021

Office Location:
AYSPS Office of Academic Assistance
14 Marietta St. NW, Suite G-52
Atlanta, GA 30303

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
14 Marietta St
Atlanta, GA 30303

The information shared here is intended to provide an overview of Georgia State University’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more please refer to the university catalogs.