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The UHD Department of Criminal Justice currently offers an Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.C.J.) program for those individuals unable to attend traditional classes. Designed to prepare students to become future leaders in the criminal justice system, this program integrates theoretical and practical aspects of crime control as they relate to the adult and juvenile justice systems.

UHD's MSCJ Degree prepares students for careers in:

  • Policing
  • Courts
  • Corrections
  • A variety of other field-related agencies

In addition, for those students already working in the criminal justice field, this degree program is designed to lead to career advancement. Many of our program graduates continue on to doctoral programs in criminal justice and teaching careers.

Flexible & Convenient for Working Students

UHD's MSCJ Online degree program offers students the convenience and flexibility of completing courses while balancing busy personal and professional schedules. UHD's Criminal Justice Department offers the MSCJ Online courses in five eight-week blocks per year. Students can complete the degree in as little as fourteen (14) months.

Strong Academic Reputation

Many employers recognize UHD's Criminal Justice program as a leader in criminal justice education. In addition, UHD Criminal Justice faculty members are:

  • Recognized as scholars and leaders in the criminal justice field
  • Known nationally
  • Possess many years of experience as online professors

The same faculty members who teach on UHD's campus also teach our online courses.

Online students earn the same degree offered on campus, and each student's diploma and transcript is the same as diplomas granted to traditional students.

Register today! We look forward to working with you to tailor your academic program to your career goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the program advisor.

Online MSCJ Course Requirements

The degree requires a minimum of 36 semester hours. This includes 18 hours of core classes, a 3 hour project capstone class, and 15 hours selected from all other MSCJ electives.

Core Courses (18 hrs)
Course Number Course Name
CJ 6310 Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ 6320 Research Design and Methods
CJ 6321 Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
CJ 6330 Advanced Criminology
CJ 6340 Administration in Criminal Justice
CJ 6350 Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Capstone Course (3 hrs)
CJ 6301 Criminal Justice Project
(15 hours for Project) 15 hours for Project Students

Select any five additional classes at the 6000 level. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work is required.


Admission to the Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is based on the applicants' academic ability, interests in the criminal justice system , and the personal qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. Further consideration is given to the applicant's ability to positively contribute to the field of criminal justice upon completion of the program.

Applicants to the program must meet the following minimal criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or related field from an accredited university. Applicants without a bachelor's degree in criminal justice may be required to complete additional prepatory course work as a condition of admission to the program.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.
  • Applicants whose baccalaureate degree was conferred by a university whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum composite score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam as well as a minimal score of 50 on each of the subscales.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with the applicant's potential for academic success.

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation to the Office of Admissions prior to the admissions. Click here to apply.

MSCJ Handbook

Click here to download the MSCJ Handbook.

Contact information

MSCJ Program Coordinator

Clete Snell, Ph.D.
Phone: 713-226-5271

UHD Graduate Admissions Office

Phone: 713-221-8093
Fax: 713-221-2718

Register today! We look forward to working with you to tailor your academic program to your career goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the program advisor.

For more information in applying at UHD, visit the UHD Admission page.

Last updated or reviewed on 1/7/15

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