M.Sc. On Campus

Criminal Justice

George Mason University

12 months
1612 USD/credit
1612 USD/credit
724 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice from George Mason University advances the knowledge, skills, and career prospects of early-to-mid-career criminal justice professionals and those seeking their first jobs in the criminal justice field. 


George Mason University students also learn data analysis skills that equip them with the practical knowledge required for many policy-oriented and front-line operational positions. The MS program in Criminal Justice prepares graduates to be leaders and change agents in the criminal justice field.

The university’s proximity to many justice organizations at the federal, state, and local level in the Capital Region provides unique opportunities for our students. Students in the MS program regularly interact with nationally-acclaimed guest speakers and leaders in the field who are eager to share their experiences and ideas about improving criminal justice in the United States and abroad.

 The MS program also takes advantage of research centers in the department that host a variety of workshops and events about criminal justice policy and practice.

A unique feature of the MS program is the resume-building research practicum project.  In this culminating experience, students partner with a justice agency to translate research into practice, and present their work before a panel of criminal justice experts.

The MS program welcomes full- and part-time students and offers rolling admissions for fall, spring, and summer. 

Career options:

Criminal Justice problems demand leaders and decision-makers who are well-prepared to make good choices about what to do and how to do it. In courses taught by cutting-edge criminal justice practitioners and faculty who are leading researchers in evidence-based policy and practice, our students receive the scientific knowledge and real-world insights necessary to evaluate, select, and implement criminal justice policies and practices that are effective, efficient, and fair.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Evidence-based Crime and Justice Policy
  • Implementing Crime and Justice Policy
  • Leadership in Justice Organizations
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • Evaluation of Crime and Justice Policies and Practices
  • Research Practicum in Justice Policy and Practice
  • Justice Organizations and Processes
  • Policing in a Democratic Society
  • The Constitution, Criminal Procedure, and Security

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

  • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
  • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree 
  • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
  • Verification of English language proficiency.
  • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
  • Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1612 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    1612 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1612 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    724 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 724 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 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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Updated over a year ago

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