Program Overview

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is constructed to educate graduate students in administration, management, and planning in criminal justice agencies. Consisting of 36 credit hours, students engage in a curriculum feature courses of Criminal Justice System and Policy, Applied Project in Criminology, and Theoretical Foundation of Crime Control. Students participating in the M.S. in Criminal Justice practice critical review of government and non-governmental organizations, control and prevention of crime, and application of statistical techniques.

Online schooling provides the flexibility for students to complete a graduate degree while still maintaining a job. Student’s not meeting the requirement of a 3.0 GPA may take the GRE and receive a 428 or higher. 

Admission into the Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Acceptable programs of study include: criminal justice, sociology, or criminology. Students with degrees in other fields, but substantial work experience may be considered for special approval.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    Students must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in criminal justice, criminology, sociology or the equivalent; last 60 hours of undergraduate GPA of 2.50 or higher; and GRE of 428 or greater.

    School Overview

    Since its founding in 1923, the well-noted public research institute, Lamar University has continued growing. It serves as a "Military Friendly School," especially through the development of its distance learning programs. Moreover, the accelerated five and eight week terms the online branch of the school has designed eases the learning of adult students juggling coursework and careers. Lamar University is awards Associate's, Baccalaureate, Master's, and Doctorate degrees.

    LU Online undergraduate programs offer several different degree options. The University also offers graduate degree and certification programs for those desiring to advance their studies.


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