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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice 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 is designed to offer a balance of theory and practical application that will prove to be challenging to students and useful in the field.

The M.S. provides the requisite knowledge and opportunity for individuals: (1) to be competitive for administrative positions in the courts, corrections, law enforcement, security, probation and parole; (2) to fill research positions in criminal justice agencies; (3) to pursue advanced degrees (J.D. or Ph.D.); and (4) to fill community college teaching positions in criminal justice.

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management offers the M.S. in two formats:

  1. A full-time traditional program on CSULB's campus that is designed to be completed in two-year academic years (i.e., this program is not designed for students with full-time jobs); and

  2. a fully on-line, accelerated master's program will begin Fall 2016.
  • Regardless of whether a student pursues the traditional, on-campus master's degree program as a full-time student or pursues the accelerated M.S., the degree requirements are the same. The M.S. in criminal justice requires 36 semester units of course work. The program consists of six core courses and a series of electives. Press here to see the requirements for the M.S. in criminal justice.

  • Press here for information about admission to the M.S. program.