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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

Online, Accelerated Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice Program


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Who we are

Established in 1949, CSULB is one of the flagship campuses in the 23-campus CSU system, the largest public university system in the world. CSULB is home to 63 academic departments and programs, 11 centers, three institutes, and three clinics. We offer 83 baccalaureate degrees, 66 master’s degrees, and four joint doctoral degrees. For their excellence in teaching and learning, many of CSULB’s faculty and student scholars have earned many prestigious awards.

School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management

The School is one of the largest in California with approximately 800 undergraduate and graduate majors. The School is well known for the strength of its faculty, which includes well known experts in their respective fields, as well as a balance of academic researchers and highly qualified criminal justice practitioners. In addition, the School is also highly regarded for the strength of its core curriculum, academic rigor, high retention and graduation rates, diverse student population, responsiveness to non-traditional students, and scholarly research.

Criminal Justice faculty are actively engaged in research and are active in national and regional organizations, including the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and the Western Society of Criminology (WSC).

College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE)

Through CCPE, the community outreach arm of CSULB, the university’s academic colleges such as Health and Human Services offer the same quality degree programs in various delivery methods on a self-support basis. Many of the extra services working professionals want and need are included in CCPE-administered degree programs. CCPE main offices are located in the Foundation Education Center on campus.

For general inquiries and application status, contact:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Aili Malm
School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840



College of Professional and Continuing Education
Customer Service Center
Tel: (800) 963-2250


Program cost

At the current time, the cost of this program is $575 per unit. Thus, the entire cost to earn the M.S. in criminology & criminal justice (excluding books) is $20,700. (Cost may be subject to change.)

A note about self-support programs

The fully online, accelerated M.S. in criminology and criminal justice is a self-supported program. That means the program does not rely on support from the State of California. Rather, student fees cover all expenses related to running the degree program, including faculty salaries. In other words, the online M.S. program is financed exclusively through the tuition money the program generates. Thus, the viability of the program, like any self-support program, is dependent upon us receiving a sufficient number of applications from qualified persons each year who then elect to matriculate if offered admission. Conversely, if too few students are accepted, or if too few accepted students actually enroll, the program may be suspended until such time as it becomes financially viable to run another cohort of students. Alternatively, the cost per unit may rise in order to make a cohort economically viable.