M.Sc. On Campus

Criminal Justice

North Carolina Central University

12 months
14136 USD/year
14136 USD/year
4226 USD/year
Tuition fee
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It is the primary goal of the Masters of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program at the North Carolina Central University to help prepare students for research, policy development, administrative and supervisory positions within the various sectors of the criminal justice field. 


Conditions and needs in criminal justice are always changing; therefore, the program attempts to acquaint students with the most current perspectives as well as with substantive knowledge, technical skills and analytic methodologies.

The Criminal Justice program from the North Carolina Central University emphasizes analysis, critical thinking and the practical application of knowledge. Beyond completing rigorous course work, students gain practical experience through fulfilling a field placement or a shadowing experience with an upper-level manager in an approved criminal justice agency or related field. 

Therefore, our students are exposed to academic and professional experiences. The department is also home to two institutes: the Juvenile Justice Institute and the Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development, providing opportunities for research.


  • Located in the heart of the high-tech Research Triangle, NC Central University’s research centers are preparing students to become the next generation of scientists and social scientists. 
  • Our work addresses the economic and social challenges that impact North Carolina and the world today—and those that will affect us tomorrow. 

Programme Structure

  • The MSCJ program at NCCU offers two program options (Traditional and Professional) in which students have the opportunity to complete a thesis for their degree or a policy analysis project. 
  • The curriculum concentrates on theories of crime and deviant behavior and on the systems that respond to crime and deviant behavior. The program also emphasizes leadership management and social justice.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online graduate admission application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all schools attended (if you earned your degree from a non-U.S. school, please see the international applicant requirements)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
  • Statement of purpose/personal statement
  • The GRE is not required
  • A writing sample is required for the professional track

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14136 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7068 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    14136 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7068 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    4226 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2113 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Durham

990 - 1670 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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