12 months
1187 USD/credit 35610 USD/year
1109 USD/credit 33270 USD/year
468 USD/credit 14040 USD/year
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Want to learn how to catch the bad guys? Studying this Criminal Justice program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham we’ll show you how to increase your expertise in forensics, information security, cyber crime investigation, and more.


To prepare you for your career, we'll train you in subjects such as policy, administration, research methods and statistics, patterns in crime, and criminological theory. We'll also ask you to choose one of two tracks. 

The thesis track program is better if you want to pursue a doctoral-level degree in criminology, criminal justice, or a related field. With this option, you'll need to complete a thesis project under the supervision of a faculty advisor. The non-thesis track is more geared toward working professionals. It's available completely online—perfect if you can't attend classes on campus. 

This track will give you advanced training in areas such as research methods, program evaluation, and policy analysis. With this option, you'll be required to complete a demonstration project, and you'll be strongly encouraged to complete a field placement or internship.

Fast Facts:

  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Criminal Justice is affiliated with UAB's Institute for Human Rights and the UAB Center for Cyber Security.

Programme Structure


  • Patterns in Crime
  • Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice Policy
  • Research Design
  • Data Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

The UAB Graduate School has established minimum standards for admission into the MSCJ program "in good standing." Minimum requirements for admission include:

  • evidence of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States
  • 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) computed either overall or for the last 60 hours of undergraduate credits earned
  • Completion of an introductory-level social science statistics course and research methods course, with minimum grades of B
  • three letters of recommendation--letters from faculty are prioritized over those from employers
  • a personal statement/essay

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    35610 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1187 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    33270 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1109 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 468 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 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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