Program Overview

The online MS in Criminal Justice / Criminal Justice Management & Program Planning degree program focuses on developing the fundamental critical thinking skills used for leadership, organizational evaluation, and academic research. Individuals seeking an evidence-based approach to criminal justice management or preparing for graduate study at the doctoral level benefit from this program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    This degree program requires a total of 30 credit hours for completion. 

    • Regular Admission: To obtain regular admission, students must have an unrecalculated grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale or a satisfactory standardized test score (30th percentile or higher). If a student meets these criteria, but has undergraduate coursework deficiencies, they will be granted provisional admission.
    • Provisional Admission: To obtain provisional admission, students must meet two of the three following criteria: an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher, a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 40 hours of course work, and a satisfactory (30th percentile or higher) standardized test score.

    School Overview

    Youngstown State University offers online programs in web-based, hybrid, and video conferencing formats. Studies range from health care and nursing to engineering and criminal justice. 

    Curriculum is based on the:

    • Best Practices for Online Education
    • National Education Technology Standards
    • Quality Matters Rubric

    Distance education at Youngstown affords adult students the necessary flexibility and also allows them to share professional and life experiences with each other, enhancing the distance learning classroom.


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