Justice Studies, M.Sc. | San José State University | San Jose, United States
12 months
7176 USD/year
7176 USD/year
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The Justice Studies MSc program from San José State University prepares graduates for careers in criminal justice administration, research and policy centers, public institutions, community organizations, and nonprofit agencies, as well as for doctoral programs and research positions in public agencies.


The Justice Studies MSc program from San José State University offers a unique interdisciplinary graduate curriculum drawing upon Criminology, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Law and History. Areas of teaching and research in the Department include criminal justice, law & society, human rights, policy evaluation, critical legal studies, punishment & society, feminist criminology, race theory, and history. 

Graduates with Justice Studies from San José State University will be able to:

  • Evaluate the relationships between social justice and criminal justice across different societies and historical periods.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to fulfill professional responsibilities or to pursue further postgraduate education in justice-related fields.
  • Synthesize knowledge of scholarly approaches, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends within the subject areas of criminal justice and social justice.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate research projects in the fields of criminal and social justice, including data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Apply multidisciplinary notions and principles of justice when formulating responses to social problems in communities and/or justice-related institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Justice Organizations, Ethics & Change 
  • Law and Courts 
  • Juvenile Justice 
  • Punishment & Society
  • Police and Social Control 
  • Local & Global Perspectives on Human Rights 
  • Social Movement, Community Organizing, and Social Justice 
  • Immigration, Law & Justice 
  • Criminological Theory 
  • Deviance & Social Control 
  • Penal Policies and Justice

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 units of university course work
  • Two letters of recommendation from academics
  • Short essay on a justice-related topic 
  • U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a country outside of the U.S. 
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended
  • English Language Proficiency Exam
  • International Coursework and Degrees
  • Submit U.S./Canada Transcripts
  • Submit Test Scores
  • Submit Declaration of Finance Form
  • Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement
  • Submit Copy of Current Passport
  • Submit Copy of Current Visa

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    7176 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3588 USD per semester during 12 months.

Non-CA Resident tuition includes an additional $396 per unit.

Living costs for San Jose

1740 - 3150 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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