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M.S. Justice Studies

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Where this degree can take you:

  • Become a change agent seeking to positively impact social service arenas
  • Leadership careers in community organizing and advocacy, criminal justice, research and policy centers
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Preparation for doctoral programs

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Desire to further your professional career

Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines

Begin your Online Master of Science in Justice Studies program:

  • You may apply to start the program fall, winter, or spring terms. 

Finishing will take:

  • 45 credits
  • A capstone project

Where you will take classes:

  • Online/distance fall, winter, spring

Technology you will need:

  • Computer with internet connection
  • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)

What you will learn:

The new Master of Science in Justice Studies (MSJS) provides an interdisciplinary approach to social justice issues (both including and beyond criminal justice) for students who wish focus to on advocacy, policy, and research in the administration of justice. This new degree broadens the current Criminal Justice Sciences Division’s graduate program offerings to meet the diverse and evolving needs of students.

Learning outcomes:

Combining elements of criminal justice, sociology, and political science students will: 

  1. Gain knowledge of complex social justice issues and how different systems interact around and within these realms.
  2. Analyze interdisciplinary theories and approaches to complex social justice challenges and concerns.
  3. Employ appropriate methods of social science research to investigate targeted problems and questions of justice.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of strategies for addressing complex social justice issues through activism, policy, practice, and intervention.


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