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Master of Science in Criminal Justice Policy

A strong foundation in theory and methods will be combined with innovative criminal justice initiatives and focus areas. The program offers real-world experience with a capstone project option targeting the needs of the student’s home agency, and recognizes the value of such experience with the option of prior learning assessment. Online courses offer a convenient and affordable option for students to complete their graduate’s degree while studying from home. Online courses are taught by the same SIUE criminal justice faculty who teach on campus.

Delivery Method

Online

Admission Requirements

  • Graduate School application and $40 fee

  • Submission of all postsecondary academic transcripts

  • Successful completion of a bachelor's degree prior to enrollment

  • Minimum GPA of 2.50

  • Two letters of recommendation (can both be from undergraduate faculty or one can be from a current employer)

  • Statement of purpose

Transfer Policy

The Graduate School accepts as transfer credit a maximum of one-third of the total number of hours required for a graduate degree or a certificate program. Some programs may have more restrictive policies limiting transfer credit to less than one-third of the total hours required in their programs; in such cases, the Graduate School conforms to program limitations. Credit can be added to a graduate student's official record only upon approval by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Special Characteristics

This unique, fully online program focuses on the advanced study of criminal justice policy and practice. Students will analyze controversial issues, examine possible future practices, and collaborate with criminal justice professionals in the courts, corrections, and law enforcement areas. This program offers real-world experience with a capstone project option targeting the needs of the student’s home agency, and recognizes the value of such experience with the option of prior learning assessment.