MS in Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is a research degree designed for students pursuing a doctorate degree, a career in academia, or applied research. This program is limited to students with a 3.2 GPA or higher in upper-division coursework. MSCJ is available onsite and online. Visit FIU Online for more information.

The Master of Arts in Global Affairs (MAGA) online track in International Crime and Justice is a professional degree intended for students interested in career advancement. This program requires an upper-division 3.0 GPA but will consider admission waivers with appropriate justification. MAGA charges market-rate tuition, which is higher than regular Florida state tuition. Students should verify that their financial aid (including loans) and tuition assistance programs cover market-rate tuition.

Applying for the MS in Criminal Justice

To be considered for the program, applicants must fulfill all of the following requirements:

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper-division coursework.
  3. Grade of “B” or better in an undergraduate research methods course.
  4. Required for all foreign applicants (550 paper-based, 80 internet-based or 6.5 on IELTS exam). More information on this requirement.

Required Documents

  1. Online graduate application, including the non-refundable fee. Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters.
  2. Official university/college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Applicants who graduated from FIU do not need to request FIU transcripts. Information on submitting transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers familiar with your academic and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
  4. Statement of purpose describing your research interest and career plans. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
  5. A completed research paper that demonstrates writing skills. Submit through the online graduate application portal.

Degree Credit Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires 36 credit hours (12 courses). All students entering the program are required to complete five courses (15 credits) of core requirements, four electives (12 credits) in criminal justice, and three courses (9 credits) in general electives.

Core Requirements

Five core courses (15 credits):

CCJ 6025 Criminological Theory
CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CCJ 6706 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National Security
CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (Pre-requisite: 24 credits of criminal justice courses)

Criminal Justice Electives

Four courses (12 credits). All elective credits must be earned at the graduate level in criminal justice (i.e., course numbers of 5000 and higher with the prefixes CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL, DSC):

College teaching preparation: Students interested in college teaching should complete the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program offered by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and CCJ 6926 Teaching Practicum in Criminal Justice.

Doctoral studies preparation: Advanced students intending to enroll in a doctoral degree program should complete CCJ 6915 Supervised Research.

Internship: Students interested in gaining practical experience within the criminal justice field should complete CCJ 5946 Internship in Criminal Justice.

General Electives

Students must select three additional elective courses (9 credits). These courses may be taken outside of criminal justice if no credits have been transferred in from another degree program or included in a joint degree program. All courses taken from outside fields must be relevant to criminal justice and approved by the Graduate Advisor. All elective credits must be earned at the graduate level (i.e., course numbers of 5000 and higher).

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, a student must satisfy all University regulations governing graduate study. All students must complete the five core courses, four electives in criminal justice, and three courses in general electives. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 is required.