Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.Sc. | Online (optional) | University of Central Missouri | Warrensburg, United States
M.Sc. On Campus Online Blended

Criminal Justice and Criminology

12 months
678 USD/credit 20340 USD/year
678 USD/credit 20340 USD/year
339 USD/credit 10170 USD/year
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Are you ready to move up from your entry-level criminal justice job? Do you want to advance toward a doctorate so you can teach or do research related to criminology? With a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Central Missouri, all of your goals are within reach — professionally, academically and financially. 


Learn from program faculty who pass along their extensive experience and expertise through engaging lectures and active mentorship. You’ll benefit from working side-by-side with them on critically important and meaningful research projects of contemporary cultural and social significance. You’ll also build connections that may help you earn that job promotion or advance your career in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

In fact, the expertise — and accessibility — of our decorated faculty members is one of the main reasons our graduate students say the Criminal Justice and Criminology master’s program at the University of Central Missouri is the best. You can take graduate classes from faculty with international law enforcement experience, a Missouri state municipal judge, a certified correctional officer, a juvenile probation officer, a victim’s advocate and even a contributor to a think tank for terrorism research.

In as little as two years of coursework, you can earn a highly relevant and marketable Criminal Justice master’s degree from a top-ranked Criminal Justice graduate program that’s consistently recognized for its value and affordability.


A Criminal Justice and Criminology master’s degree can create more career opportunities and help you stand out in today’s competitive job market. Whether you’re currently a boots-on-the-ground police officer or a loss prevention specialist, the practical skills and actionable research you’ll learn in our Criminal Justice and Criminology MS program will give you the confidence and marketable abilities to move up in your current job or pursue a new criminal justice career. You can also rely on our faculty members’ connections with leaders in the field to help you find job opportunities as you pursue your career options.

Graduates of our Criminal Justice and Criminology master’s program have earned job promotions or built their careers in criminal justice and criminology at government agencies and private organizations such as:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Guarded Exchange
  • Missouri Department of Corrections
  • Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • U.S. Secret Service

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Criminal Justice Philosophy and Policy 
  • Criminal Justice Administration 
  • Causes of Crime 
  • Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems 
  • Criminal Justice International Study 
  • Miscarriages of Justice 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Students Staying in Their Home Country deadline: 2-3 weeks prior to the start of the semester.


30 SCH


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or a related field prior to enrollment in program coursework at UCM and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all undergraduate course work and 3.00 on all graduate coursework. 
  • Applicants must complete an application through the Office of Graduate Studies and include a personal statement and two letters of recommendation.
  • A student without a criminal justice degree may be required to complete up to 15 hours of background courses in criminal justice prior to taking graduate level courses.
  • Students with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 to below 3.00 may be considered for admission by the Criminal Justice & Criminology Graduate Committee upon submission of an extended application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20340 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 678 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    20340 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 678 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10170 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 339 USD per credit during 12 months.

Online/Hybrid: $394

Living costs for Warrensburg

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.

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