Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice
California State University-Long Beach

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice program enhances professional and personal development by developing and maturing thought processes, aiding in gaining insights into professional leadership and knowledge, and furthering the spirit of research and scholarship.  Balancing theory and practical application, the curriculum covers topics including police organization and management, crime and public policy, law and social control, theories of crime causation, legal issues in criminal justice, research methodology and statistical analysis, and ethics and diversity.  Graduates are prepared for positions in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, private security, and probation and parole.


  • Applicants must select ONE of the following three options to demonstrate their aptitude for graduate study:
    • Option A: The GRE – While no specific cut-off scores are required, a score of 4.0 or higher on the writing portion is strongly preferred.
    • Option B: The LSAT
    • Option C: Evidence of Research Potential – Applicants who prefer not to take any standardized tests may submit one or two writing samples that evidence their research, writing, and critical thinking abilities.
  • Official transcripts 
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • Resume 
  • A letter of intent
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university
  • A student must have an overall undergraduate average GPA and average in their major of 3.00 or better

School Accreditation Statement

WASC Senior College and University Commission