Criminal Justice, M.Sc. | Online (optional) | Valdosta State University | Valdosta, United States
24 months
10980 USD/year
10980 USD/year
3048 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Criminal Justice program of Valdosta State University is designed to broaden the perspectives of criminal justice practitioners, to equip practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills, and to prepare students with further graduate work and scholarship. Graduates are provided the necessary skills to succeed in the public and private sectors.


The Valdosta State Difference

The Criminal Justice program of Valdosta State University is also offered entirely online. Completion of 36 credits is required, six of which include a thesis. The degree can be completed in two years.

A central focus of the program is to demonstrate that the problems and issues our society faces with regard to crime and our reaction to crime must be situated within a larger cultural and structural context. Upon graduation students will be: conversant with the theoretical and legal principles in criminal justice; knowledgeable of the essential research contributions in the discipline; capable of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis in criminal justice; and competent to assume leadership, policymaking, research, and instructional responsibilities in criminal justice.

What you'll learn

The Master’s Degree is focused on integrating criminal justice theory with criminal justice practice. Course work in the MS program includes: administration and management; ethics and civil liability; scientific criminal justice research methods; statistical analysis; advanced criminological theories; criminal law and procedure; criminal justice planning and policy evaluation; advance crime prevention; comparative criminal justice; seminar in law enforcement; forensic investigation; criminal behavior and personality; juvenile justice; seminar in criminal victimization; and directed study, to mention a few. Graduates with the degree are prepared to advance their professional careers and/or to pursue a doctoral degree. 


  • Arson Investigator
  • ATF Special Agent
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Caseworker
  • CIA Agent
  • Constable
  • Coroner
  • Corporate Security Specialist
  • Correctional Officer
  • Court Administrator
  • Detective
  • Detention Officer
  • Diplomatic Security Service Special Agent
  • Domestic Violence Counselor
  • FBI Agent
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Narcotics Agent
  • Police Inspector
  • Prison Guard
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation and Parole officer
  • U.S. Customs Agent
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Warden

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • Seminar in Law Enforcement
  • Seminar in Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Seminar in Forensic Investigation
  • Ethical and Legal Issues

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Graduate Application.
  • Must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally- accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale calculated on all attempted coursework.
  • GRE scores.
  • An essay detailing the applicant’s interest in enrolling in the program, goals for advancing his/her intellectual abilities in the program, and how study in the program will advance his/her professional skills.
  • Two Recommendations.
  • Students enrolling exclusively in online classes are not required to submit immunization records.
  • Applicants for the online track should complete the Student Information Sectionand the Distance Learning Exemption only.
  • Prospective students whose first language is not English or those who completed coursework or degrees outside the U.S., please provide language proficiency test scores.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    10980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5490 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    10980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5490 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • In-State

    3048 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1524 USD per semester during 24 months.

Living costs for Valdosta

900 - 1400 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.

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