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Criminal Justice, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1001 (WUR) , MS,
 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 

                                Detailed Programme Facts

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

                                English Language Requirements

                                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                                • Minimum required score:


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                                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).

                                • 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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                                Living costs for West Hattiesburg

                                • 800 - 1300 USD/month
                                  Living Costs

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