Criminal Justice

University of Southern Mississippi

24 months
592 USD/credit
592 USD/credit
480 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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 Criminal justice and forensic science are exciting fields of study offering our students contemporary, competitive and challenging educational opportunities.  We are committed to offering our students an educational experience which will prepare them for employment, graduate school or professional education such as law school. 


We offer distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs in criminal justice and forensic science designed to equip our students with the foundation necessary to excel within the modern justice system and utilize the latest technology and instrumentation which provides incredible advancements in the investigation, prosecution and understanding of crime. 

Our graduates are well-prepared for careers in the diverse dimensions of law enforcement and policing, forensic science, juvenile justice, corrections, probation and parole, investigations, loss prevention, victim services and judicial administration.  While at USM, our students are strongly encouraged to become engaged in campus and civic life, volunteer opportunities, student organizations and internship experiences in order to make their collegiate experiences as meaningful as possible.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Seminar in Theory of Criminal Justice
  • Applied Research Methods for Criminal Justice
  • Applied Statistical Methods for Criminal Justice
  • Seminar in Civil Liberties & Criminal Law
  • Seminar in Policing
  • Seminar in Corrections
  • Seminar in Juvenile Law
  • Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination's General Test and undergraduate  grade point average (both overall and in criminal justice) and evidence of related field training and work experience.
  • In addition, applicants are to submit for consideration three letters of recommendation
  • Applicants granted regular admission who have an undergraduate major in criminal justice or criminal justice including non-degree graduate students, must have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 overall and in their criminal justice courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    592 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 592 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    592 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 592 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    480 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 480 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Criminal Justice
University of Southern Mississippi