Criminal Justice

Florida Gulf Coast University

M.Sc. Online
12 months
1300 USD/credit
1300 USD/credit
373 USD/credit
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The M.S. in Criminal Justice at Florida Gulf Coast University is designed to prepare graduates for advancement in justice-related professions, particularly as administrative and management level officers in law enforcement, corrections and juvenile justice. 


The Criminal Justice program offered by Florida Gulf Coast University provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of management of criminal justice agencies as it relates to the agency, the law, the courts, and the public.

Our program advances the theoretical perspectives and practical applications of the B.S. degree in the development of advanced administrative skills that increase the effectiveness and professionalism of criminal justice personnel.  

As noted by numerous agency heads, a graduate degree is particularly beneficial to those seeking advancement in their current agencies as well as those seeking employment in federal law enforcement agencies and federal courts.

Specific positions for which this program will prepare students include:

  • Police chief
  • Sheriff or Commanding Officer of law enforcement agency
  • Superintendent or Commanding Officer of corrections agency
  • FBI, ATF, and other federal law enforcement agent
  • Researcher in criminal justice

Graduates with M.S. in Criminal Justice from Florida Gulf Coast University will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the evolution of and the policy issues affecting the field of Criminal Justice.; and identify evidence-based “best practice” policy to address these issues;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the interaction of criminal justice with the broader social, economic, and political environment;
  • Demonstrate effective technological, managerial, analytical, and communication skills;
  • Integrate ethical and professional behavior, diverse perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches in designing and implementing solutions to complex public and social problems.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Management & Administration of Justice 
  •  Criminal Justice Policy
  •  Social Constructs of Crime 
  •  Media and Community Relations CJ 
  •  Legal Aspects of CJ Management 
  •  Public Budgeting 
  •  Public Personnel Admin 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits



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.
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.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated 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.
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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • FGCU graduate application 
  • Official academic transcripts from every college or university attended 
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution 
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Personal aspiration statement (300-500 words) 
  • Interview 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1300 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1300 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1300 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    373 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 373 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Criminal Justice
Florida Gulf Coast University