Placeholder image for Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) West Hattiesburg, MS, United States
 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. 
Access all 180000+ programmes, for free with a Studyportals account.
account benefits visualised
Continue with
By registering, you agree to our  Privacy Statement  and  Terms and Conditions.


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 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Get a free IELTS practice test
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for West Hattiesburg

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Check your fit
Check your budget and academic fit with this study

Let us fund your studies abroad!

Apply to The Global Study Awards and get the chance to receive up to £10000 for your study abroad! This funding is powered by ISIC, British Council, IELTS and Studyportals.

Tell me more
Global Study Awards


You’ve wishlisted multiple studies. Did you know you can compare them side-by-side in our Compare-tool?