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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is a degree designed for students pursuing a doctorate degree, a career in academia, and careers in applied research and analysis with criminal justice agencies and organizations. MSCJ is available onsite and online. Visit FIU Online for more information.

Applying for the MS in Criminal Justice

For more information contact: Ms. Carli Valdes

To be considered for the program, applicants must fulfill all of the below requirements. The MSCJ program has a limited number of spaces, and admission is a competitive process with an average admission rate of 40%.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper-division coursework.
  3. Grade of “B” or better in an undergraduate research methods course.
  4. International applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language through one of the following:
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • TOEFL - Paper-based: 550; Internet-based (iBT): 80
  • ENC 1101 and ENC 1102 with a B or better taken at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or as previously articulated by Transfer and Transition Services (Coming Soon)
  • FIU’s English Language Institute Level Six: Successful completion with passing grades for all content areas
  • Earned undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited institution where the language of instruction is English.

    More information on this requirement.

Required Documents

  1. Online graduate application, including the non-refundable fee. Applications are accepted for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.
  2. Official university/college transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Applicants who graduated from FIU do not need to request FIU transcripts. Information on submitting transcripts.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers familiar with your academic and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
  4. Statement of purpose describing the reasons for pursuing an advanced degree, research interests, and career plans. Submit through the online graduate application portal.
  5. Written work, such a completed research paper, that demonstrates writing skills. Submit through the online graduate application portal.

Degree Credit Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires 36 credit hours (12 courses). All students entering the program are required to complete five courses (15 credits) of core requirements, four electives (12 credits) in criminal justice, and three courses (9 credits) in general electives.

Core Requirements

Five core courses (15 credits):

CCJ 6025 Criminological Theory
CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CCJ 6706 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice
CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National Security
CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (Pre-requisite: 15 credits of criminal justice courses)

Criminal Justice Electives

Four courses (12 credits). All elective credits must be earned at the graduate level in criminal justice (i.e., course numbers of 5000 and higher with the prefixes CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL, DSC):

College teaching preparation: Students interested in college teaching should complete the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program offered by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and CCJ 6926 Teaching Practicum in Criminal Justice.

Doctoral studies preparation: Advanced students intending to enroll in a doctoral degree program should complete CCJ 6915 Supervised Research.

Internship: Students interested in gaining practical experience within the criminal justice field should complete CCJ 5946 Internship in Criminal Justice.

General Electives

Students must select three additional elective courses (9 credits). These courses may be taken outside of criminal justice if no credits have been transferred in from another degree program or included in a joint degree program. All courses taken from outside fields must be relevant to criminal justice and approved by the graduate director. All elective credits must be earned at the graduate level (i.e., course numbers of 5000 and higher).

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, a student must satisfy all University regulations governing graduate study. All students must complete the five core courses, four electives in criminal justice, and three courses in general electives. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 is required.