Program Overview

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice for professionals in criminal justice who are interested in advanced, theoretical, and philosophical topics relating to criminal behavior and the field of criminal justice. Students should learn about contemporary law enforcement structures, contemporary law enforcement administration and leadership in addition to the development of research studies and development of public policy.
Through the program, students may enhance their capability to act within the responsibilities of advanced positions within the criminal justice system. The curriculum consists of 36 credit hours of classes which include introduction to criminal justice, drug identification and investigation, and political science research methods.

Successful graduates should be able to exhibit understanding of criminological theory by studying the fundamental theories behind crime and criminology relating to topics such as law, public policy, research, and philosophy, to understand the nature of drugs in American society through an analysis of the historical, sociological, criminological, and public policy aspects of drug laws and criminal justice relating to drugs,  and to understand the field of criminal justice from an administrative perspective as they study law enforcement administration, justice administration, and corrections administration.

Additionally, students will be expected to demonstrate understanding of racial, ethnic, and cultural attitudes related to law enforcement services and administration, to understand the processes of development of public and legal policy at the federal, state, and local level regarding crime, and to understand the sociological factors and theories that relate to deviant behavior and criminal behavior.

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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


    To qualify for regular admission, applicants must:
    Hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, 4-year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures
    Hold an earned baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, 4-year institution and have achieved a score of no less than 143 verbal and 143 quantitative on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or verbal and quantitative combined score of 800 if taken prior to August 1, 2011.
    Applicants must have completed an undergraduate basic statistics course and one course in research methodology.
    Submit 3 University of North Georgia Recommendation Forms.
    Submit a 1-2 page single spaced letter of intent specifying the applicant’s interest in the program, professional motivation to advance in the field of criminal justice, and the academic background.
    Submit a current professional resume.


    Total online programs are not available for applicants requiring an F-1 visa for admission to the university.

    School Overview

    University of North Georgia was founded in 1873 as a branch of the Georgia College of Agriculture and Mechanical through the University of Georgia. The first classes held at University of North Georgia served both men and women, making it the first coeducational college in the state. In 1929 the name of the school became North Georgia College. Then in 1932, the college was reduced to a two-year junior college but was reinstated as a four-year college by 1946. In 2012, North Georgia College and the State University with Gainesville State College merged to form the University of North Georgia by January 2013. The school's mission is "to provide an environment of academic excellence that develops leaders who respect all people, maintain high ethical standards, continue intellectual and personal growth and serve the community, the state, the nation and the world."

    Students have a variety of options academically at University of North Georgia leading to associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates. There are four schools in which students can find a program:

    • College of Arts & Letters
    • Mike Cottrell College of Business
    • College of Education
    • College of Health Sciences & Professions
    • College of Science & Mathematics
    • University College
    • Lewis F. Rogers Institute for Environmental & Spatial Analysis

    University of North Georgia offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can be completed through its distance learning program. 


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