Criminal Justice

Grand Valley State University

671 USD/credit
671 USD/credit
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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.) degree from Grand Valley State University is designed to prepare students to become highly capable criminal justice leaders, planners, practitioners and academicians who will continually improve the criminal justice system and profession.


The Criminal Justice program from Grand Valley State University is designed to prepare those students who are planning to pursue doctoral degrees.

Why Study Criminal Justice At Grand Valley?

  • Faculty have practical experience, diverse specialties, strong academic credentials, and a vast knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Students receive a challenging, enriching, and applied academic experience.
  • Class sizes are small, students in the program come from various backgrounds, and there are numerous opportunities for students to work one-on-one with professors through graduate assistantships.

Career Options

Graduates find employment in a variety of professions, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Correctional administration
  • Juvenile justice
  • Probation and parole
  • Private security
  • Social services
  • Public administration

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Qualitative Methodology 
  • Criminal Justice Leadership 
  • Legal and Ethical Issues 
  • Criminal Justice Policy and Program Evaluation 
  • Research Methodology and Data Analysis 
  • Criminology 
  • Policing and Society 
  • Corrections and Punishment 

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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.

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).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of this degree from another country
  • Demonstrated ability to pursue graduate work successfully. Graduate programs generally require an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0

Tuition Fee

  • International

    671 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of  .
  • National

    671 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 671 USD per credit and a duration of  .


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