Graduate Programs Master of Science in Criminal Justice

About the Program

Crime and criminal justice are at the forefront of national policy and practice. The increasing emphasis on professional preparation in criminal justice careers places additional academic demands on the in-service professional. To meet this need, Georgia State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science degree in criminal justice, as well as a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice and Criminology.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities for graduates of the master’s program in criminal justice are numerous, diverse, and rewarding. GSU graduates have found employment at the following: FBI, ATF, GBI, EPA, Secret Service, numerous local and state law enforcement and correctional agencies, probation and parole agencies, juvenile justice agencies, and the research branches of federal, state, and local agencies.

Talk to an Advisor

Office of Academic Assistance
Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
Telephone: 404-413-0021
Fax: 404-413-0023


Application Deadlines:

Students are accepted for admission into the program twice a year in the fall and spring semesters. Deadlines are October 1 for spring semester and February 15 for fall semester. The online graduate application is available through the Office of Academic Assistance.

Funding and Financial Aid

A limited number of university- and grant-funded graduate research assistantships are available in the department. The department also provides tuition waivers to qualified out-of-state students. The Phil Peters Scholarship is a competitive award aimed at students who have indicated career goals in law enforcement or students who are already in the law enforcement field. The Office of Student Financial Aid provides financial assistance to students who, without such help, would be unable to attend Georgia State University. The assistance available includes scholarships, grants, loans, and employment.

Degree Requirements  Apply