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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

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


Since the 1980s, the need for law enforcement and correctional staff has increased dramatically. As many baby boomer practitioners approach retirement, there will be an increasing demand for criminal justice professionals at all levels. Law enforcement and correctional agencies are placing a high priority on the professional development of their workforce. Those who have earned a master’s degree will have a competitive edge in the job market and will be more likely to promote within their agency.

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management and the College of Continuing and Professional Education have joined efforts to offer a fully online, accelerated program that will culminate in an M.S. degree in criminology and criminal justice.

The Program

The online, accelerated M.S. in criminology and criminal justice is designed for busy, working professionals who seek to earn a master's degree in a flexible and accelerated format. This program will expand and increase individual competency, develop and mature thought processes, aid in gaining insights into professional leadership and knowledge, permit an exchange between students and faculty, and further the spirit of research and scholarship to enhance professional and personal development. The curriculum offers a balance of theory and practical application that will prove to be challenging to students and useful in the field. This program provides the requisite knowledge for individuals to be competitive for administrative positions in law-enforcement, the courts, corrections, private security, and probation and parole. It is also suitable for those who seek research positions in criminal justice agencies or community college teaching positions.


Subject areas covered

  • 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
  • Ethics, Values, and Diverstiy

Special features and benefits

  • Fully online delivery
  • Can be completed in as little as 16 months
  • Courses taught by full-time faculty in the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management and a select group of part-time scholar-practitioner instructors
  • Industry-relevant curriculum
  • Networking opportunities with other professionals in a team learning environment

Who should attend?

  • Individuals interested in supervisory positions that require graduate credentials
  • Those interested in pursuing advanced degrees in criminal justice
  • Working professionals pursuing part-time teaching positions in colleges and universities
  • People who are unable to attend our traditional on-campus M.S. in Criminal Justice program

What do you have to do?

The program has a double application process: you must apply both to the university for admission into the Graduate School at CSULB, and to the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management, for admission to the program. It should be noted that the application process is identical for both the fully online accelerated master's and the traditional on-campus master's program.


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.


Notice to Potential Students of the Online Accelerated Master's Program in Criminology & Criminal Justice:





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For general inquiries and application status, contact:

Graduate Advisor
Dr. Dina Perrone
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 $12,700.


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.