Criminal Justice

University of Nevada, Reno

M.A. On Campus
12 months
21006 USD/year
21006 USD/year
5352 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The M.S. in Criminal Justice at University of Nevada, Reno provides students with the skills necessary to examine and analyze the major areas of the field, focusing on the nature of crime, law and social control, as well as the process of planning change in a system as complex as the criminal justice system.


The Criminal Justice program offered by University of Nevada, Reno emphasizes the understanding of the ways in which theory, research and social policy interact, and the utilization of critical thinking skills to better understand this information. Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of the theories and research methods necessary for analysis of issues relevant to the field. Within this general framework, students will have an opportunity to pursue special interests in criminal justice that are consistent with the philosophy of the program.

Students learn about criminal justice from both academic and professional perspectives. The program tackles issues related to crime and justice by emphasizing theory, research, ethics and policy analysis. The Master of Arts curriculum draws on the social and behavioral sciences and legal approaches to crime and social control. Students learn how to address critical issues in criminal justice and administration by developing analytical, problem-solving and leadership skills.


Students who a receive a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice complete a degree preparing them for careers in criminal justice, administration or research; doctoral programs; or teaching at the undergraduate level.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Crime and Criminal Justice 
  • Planned Change in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Policy Analysis
  • Ethics, Law, and Justice Policy 
  • Thesis 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




33 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete graduate school application package, which includes the graduate assistantship application. 
  • Complete the required admissions questionnaire. As part of the admissions questionnaire, you also will need to submit a writing sample. These materials should be submitted directly to the graduate director. 
  • Complete the GRE examination. Please take the GRE exam at least six weeks prior to the deadline as it typically takes this long for the testing company to grade your GRE and send your scores to the graduate school.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (three preferred) to the graduate school. Your letter writers must submit the letters to the graduate school. At least two letters should be written by professors or others in academia who can address your intellectual ability to complete a Master's level education.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21006 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    21006 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21006 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    5352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5352 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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Criminal Justice
University of Nevada, Reno