M.Sc. On Campus

Criminal Justice

University of Southern Mississippi

24 months
9094 USD/year
9094 USD/year
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The master's program in Criminal Justice at the University of Southern Mississippi provides an advanced course of study designed to prepare students for career advancement, admission to Ph.D. programs or law school. 


Students complete interesting and interactive courses in seminar format in the areas of theory, research methods, civil liberties, criminal justice policy, juvenile law, policing and other topics.

Faculty Interaction and Mentoring

Graduate students in the Criminal Justice program at the University of Southern Mississippi are engaged in advanced coursework and research with university faculty. Graduate students assist faculty with research and are strongly encouraged to develop an independent focus while in the program. Integration of faculty and student research interests allows for meaningful experiences which significantly develop research and applied evaluation skills among our students. Our graduate students are encouraged to present their research at professional conferences and work to publish their research in reputable outlets.

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


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A competitive score on all sections of the GRE, GMAT, MAT or LSAT. To be considered for admission, test scores must be within the previous ten years.  

  • A GPA of 3.0 or greater on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work; or a 3.0 or greater on prior graduate work.
  • An undergraduate degree in criminal justice, criminology, forensic science or closely-related discipline from an accredited institution of higher learning. 
  • Three current letters of recommendation that refer to and assess the applicant's academic ability and aptitude for success in a graduate program.  Two of these must be written by individuals possessing at least a master's degree.
  • Personal Statement: A typed statement of 750 to 1,000 words summarizing the individual's motivation for applying to the program as well as the professional contributions s/he intends to make assuming successful completion of the degree.
  • Resumé or Curriculum Vita.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    9094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4547 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    9094 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4547 USD per semester during 24 months.

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.


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