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Criminal Justice Master’s

Please note: The Criminal Justice Master’s program is not currently accepting applications.

Washington State University’s online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program emphasizes theoretically based applied research for criminal justice professionals, those seeking to enter the field, and students interested in learning about criminal justice policy, institutions, and how society addresses crime and public safety.

You’ll learn the nature and causes of crime, the administration and processes related to police, courts and corrections agencies. You will also learn how to design and conduct evaluative research, apply for grants, and prepare and present research reports for actual criminal justice agencies.

After earning your degree you will be prepared to critically analyze criminal justice policies, evaluate reforms, apply for grants, and take your career to the next level.

The online program

WSU’s online criminal justice master’s courses are taught by the same award-winning criminal justice faculty who teach on the physical campus. These faculty members lend their expertise to a broad range of government agencies and nongovernmental groups. Their practical experience enriches their courses and prepares graduates for workplace success.

When you graduate, your WSU diploma will be respected both nationally and internationally. You’ll also become part of the Cougar Nation, giving you access to a worldwide network of alumni, many of whom hold top posts in criminal justice agencies.

Besides receiving an exceptional education, students enrolled in the Global Campus can also participate in activities and events similar to those offered on a physical WSU campus through the Global Connections program. These include cultural events, online career fairs, and webinars showcasing the knowledge of our faculty.


The program requires 27 graded credits, as well as 4 directed study credits related to the development and defense of the writing portfolio.

  • Criminal Justice Required Core Courses
    (15 semester credits)
    • Crm J 520 – Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 522 – Introductory Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 530 – Criminal Justice: Processes and Institutions
    • Crm J 540 – Seminar in Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation
    • Crm J 555 – Seminar in Criminological Theory
  • Institutional Courses
    (6 credits minimum)
    • Crm J 541 – Seminar in Corrections
    • Crm J 560 – Prosecution and Adjudication
    • Crm J 570 – Police and Society
  • Electives
    (6 credits minimum)
    • Crm J 510 – Leadership in Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 511 – Criminal Justice Management
    • Crm J 512 – Juvenile Justice
    • Crm J 531 - Drugs, Addiction, and Crime
    • Crm J 542 – Community Corrections
How to Apply to WSU

Please note: The Criminal Justice Master’s online program is currently not active, and is not accepting applications.

  • Admission Requirements
    • Minimum GPA: 3.0

    • A complete application, including $75 application fee.

    • A letter of intent and introduction, outlining areas of interest in Criminal Justice, career objectives, and any academic or professional experiences that recommend you as an applicant.

    • Three original letters of recommendation from persons qualified to speak to your academic qualifications and potential.

    • Official copies of transcripts (including all colleges or universities from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree, and all colleges or universities at which you have taken graduate level course work; transcripts for coursework taken at Washington State University are not required). Official transcripts are those mailed directly from the registrar of the institution(s) you attended.

    • An official copy of your GRE scores sent to our department. Scores must be less than five years old.

    • Official TOEFL score (for international applicants).

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