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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

On-Campus, Traditional Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The master's degree in criminology and criminal justice requires 36 semester units of course work. The program consists of six core courses and a series of electives. The program is designed to be completed in a two-year, full-time traditional program on CSULB's campus.

ADMISSIONS

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management offers the Master of Science degree in two venues, both of which require 36 semester units of course work. One option is a traditional program designed to be completed over the course of two academic years (four semesters); it is referred to as the “M.S.” program. The other option is a part-time program offered online for students whose work and/or family schedules, prevent them from attending graduate school on a full-time basis.  It is referred to as the “M.S.-Online” program and is designed to be completed in 24 months of classes offered exclusively online.

Please note transferring from the MS Online program to the Traditional MS program and vice versa AND enrollment in the MS Online program and taking classes in the Traditional MS program and vice versa are NOT permitted.

 

Course Prerequisites

Some of our graduate courses have undergraduate prerequisites that must be taken before graduate students may enroll in them.

The four (4) prerequisites are:

 

    • CRJU 101.  Graduate students must have taken CRJU 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice in Society or an equivalent introductory criminology/criminal justice course during their undergraduate careers that exposed them to the primary components of the criminal justice system. Alternatively, students may take a qualifying exam demonstrating their understanding of the criminal justice system at a sufficient level to waive this requirement.

 

    • CRJU 304.  In order to register for CRJU 504: Advanced Criminological Theory, graduate students must have taken CRJU 304: Criminological Theory or an equivalent undergraduate course in theoretical criminology. Alternatively, students may take a qualifying exam demonstrating their understanding of basic criminological theory at a sufficient level to waive this requirement.

 

    • CRJU 320.  In order to register for CRJU 520: Research Methods, graduate students must have taken CRJU 320 or an equivalent undergraduate-level social scientific research methods course (in psychology, sociology, political science, or the like).

 

    • CRJU 325.  In order to register for CRJU 525: Advanced Statistics, graduate students must have taken CRJU 325 or equivalent undergraduate-level social scientific applied statistics course (in psychology, sociology, political science, or the like).

 

  • Some substitutions for prerequisites are permissible (e.g., a course in theoretical juvenile delinquency or the psychology of criminal conduct may be substituted for criminological theory; applied statistics courses in mathematics may be substituted in lieu of a social scientific statistics course).  Contact the Graduate Advisor for details.

 

  • Prospective graduate students are strongly encouraged to complete the four prerequisite courses before applying to our master’s programs since the completion of these courses is taken into consideration when making admissions decisions.  However, prospective students who have not completed one or more of these prerequisites may still be considered for conditional admission.  After successfully completing the prerequisite courses, conditional admitted students will have their status changed to be a duly-admitted graduate student.  Conditionally admitted students are advised, though, that any courses taken at CSULB to satisfy prerequisite requirements will be computed into their graduate GPA.

Application Process

Applying to the master's program in criminology & criminal justice at CSULB requires the application and all supplemental materials (essay, recommendation letters, résumé, and evidence of research potential) be electronically submitted to Cal State Apply (please DO NOT manually complete the transcript information in Cal State Apply), If your recommenders do not submit letters by the application deadline, your application will be incomplete and will not be reviewed by CSULB.

 

Please be advised that CSU does not offer application fee waivers for graduate applicants.

 

Completing the online application and being accepted to the University is only the first step; prospective students must also be admitted to the master's program in criminology & criminal justice.

 

Application Materials

All of the following materials must be completed before the application deadline:

Complete the Cal State Apply application. (Please DO NOT manually complete the transcript information in Cal State Apply),

 

  • Upload in one (1) .pdf or .docx document your CV/Résumé, Essay, and if applicable, Writing Sample(s) in Program Materials under Documents under Manuscript (i.e., your CV/Résumé, Essay, and Writing Sample(s) should be combined into one .pdf or .docx document. You are only able to upload ONE document.  Multiple documents will not be accepted. See below for information on the CV/Résumé, Essay, and Writing Sample.

 

  • CV/Résumé

Shall include education history, honors, awards, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and relevant work, internship, and volunteer experiences. This should be first in the one .pdf or .docx document you upload under Manuscript in Cal State Apply.

 

  • Essay

Between 3 and 5 double-spaced pages in length (i.e., 750 word minimum; 1,250 word maximum) that addresses all of the following:

  • What motivates you to apply for a graduate degree?
  • What are your relevant research and practical experiences that qualify you for admission?
  • What are your specific areas of interest in criminology or criminal justice practice, policy, and/or research?
  • With whom on our faculty you would like to work and why?
  • What are your personal goals and objectives for earning a master's degree in criminology & criminal justice?

This should proceed your CV/Résumé in the one .pdf or .docx document you upload under Manuscript in Cal State Apply.

 

  • Additional Evidence of Suitability for Graduate Study

                              Select one of the following:

  • Writing Sample: Submit one (15-25 page) or two (each 7-13 pages) writing samples that evidence their research, writing, and critical thinking abilities. Papers written for undergraduate or other coursework are permitted.  Papers between 15 and 25 pages in length are encouraged. This should proceed your Essay in the one .pdf or .docx document you upload under Manuscript in Cal State Apply; OR
  • The GRE: Submit scores to CSULB directly: University Code: 4389; Department Code: 2202; OR
  • The LSAT: Submit scores to CSULB directly: University Code: 4389; Department Code: 2202.

 

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

Recommenders must submit their recommendations in Cal State Apply. Be sure to check the status of your application to ensure that all of your recommenders submitted their letters.  If your recommenders do not submit letters by the application deadline, your application will be incomplete and will not be reviewed by CSULB.

 

  • Transcripts

DO NOT manually complete the transcript information in Cal State Apply

One set of official transcripts from each and every college and university attended, including those from community colleges, must be sent from those institutions via email to ES-IDPTrans@csulb.edu or snail mail to:

Enrollment Services/Admissions

California State University, Long Beach 

1250 Bellflower Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90840-0106

 

DO NOT manually complete the transcript information in Cal State Apply

 

 

Please request transcripts in January to avoid delays in reviewing your application.

DO NOT manually complete the transcript information in Cal State Apply

Please note: A minimum GPA of 2.5 overall is required for admission into CSULB's graduate programs. However, the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management typically only accepts students who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants with GPAs between 2.5 and 3.0 will be considered for admission but must present a strong application which helps to compensate for the low GPA (e.g., unusually strong letters of recommendation; high GRE scores; years of experience in criminal justice field; etc.).

 

 

  • International (Foreign) Admission Requirements – International Students are subject to the same admission criteria as non-international students (presented above) plus a minimum TOEFL Score of 100 for the Internet-based or 600 for the paper-based exam.

 

Application Deadline

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management admits students once per year for Fall start dates. The Cal State Apply application, transcripts, test scores, if applicable, and supporting document (CV/Résumé, Essay, and Writing Sample(s) combined into one .pdf or .docx document), and recommendation letters must be uploaded to Cal State Apply by February 15th for the traditional program and June 1st for the online program. 

 

No Review of Incomplete Applications

The deadlines listed above in Section 3.5 are the dates on which application files must be complete. Applications that are incomplete by the due date will not be reviewed. Applicants are, therefore, strongly encouraged to submit their application materials early.

Review of Complete Applications

The Graduate Committee of the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management reviews all complete applications shortly after the application deadline.  Applicants to either master’s program should expect to be notified of the Committee’s decision no later than April 15th. 

 

     

Admissions Contact Information

For general inquires, questions about applying (including the status of an application), or other graduate admissions questions, please contact the Graduate Advisor.

Graduate Advisor

Dina Perrone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Email: dina.perrone@csulb.edu

If you need to see Dr. Perrone, please read the instructions for making an appointment.

Please Note: When communicating by email, please do NOT send attachments without a brief note explaining who you are and what you are sending. Email with unexplained attachments will not be opened.

Important Documents for Current Master's Students

GS 700:

  • Please press here for information about the need for continuing students to enroll in GS 700 after they have completed all coursework, but have not yet completed their master's capstone experience.

Graduate Student Handbook:

Graduate Handbook

Current Forms: