Criminal Justice

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

24 months
725 USD/credit
725 USD/credit
320 USD/credit
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The Criminal Justice Department offers two master’s degrees in criminal justice, both a Master of Arts and a Master of Science, as well as a Doctor of Philosophy in criminal just. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program prepares graduates for positions of responsibility in the criminal justice system and related areas, facilitates the professional and intellectual development of in- service students, and provides foundation work for those planning careers in research or teaching.

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The curriculum provides a distinctive melding of professionally structured knowledge and the ethical imperatives of criminal justice in a constitutional democracy. Attention is centered on:

  • Understanding the broadest nature of scientific inquiry and dissemination of social science knowledge pertaining to criminal justice;
  • The ability to organize literature, think critically, and draw conclusions from conducting independent research into criminal justice topics. Understanding of police, courts, corrections, prosecution agencies, and the criminal-legal profession as integral components of the criminal justice system;
  • Knowledge of research and research methodologies needed to understand and improve criminal justice and criminology; and
  • Understanding of criminological theories for studying issues of crime and behavior.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pro-seminar
  • Criminological Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Social Statistics
  • Seminar in Criminal Law
  • Foundations of Policing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


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.
2.75 (required)
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

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).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated 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.
71 (required)
PTE admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale)
  • Score of at least 400 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or 300 on the combine verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • An undergraduate statistics and undergraduate research methods course
  • An oral interview with the program coordinator may be required

Tuition Fee

  • International

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    725 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 725 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    320 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 320 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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