Gathering information is an important step when making a decision about your online education. To provide you with more details about admissions requirements, what it’s like to be an online student and more, we have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions. For other questions, please contact us at (866) 758-7670 to speak to a Program Manager, who can provide you with individualized information tailored to your specific situation, educational and professional background, and concerns.
Is a criminal justice background required to apply?
No, you do not need experience in criminal justice to apply to this program, although it is preferred. Students wishing to enter the Behavior Analysis concentration must have one year of BA experience.
When can I apply?
Applications for the MS in Criminal Justice program are reviewed several times throughout the year. Request information at the bottom of this page, or contact us at (866) 758-7670 for more specific information and deadlines.
When can I start the program?
Upon admission, you can start the program at one of six times per year: January, March, May, July, August, and October.
What are the admissions requirements for this program?
You must have an undergraduate degree from selected regionally accredited colleges or universities. For the Behavior Analysis concentration, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. All other concentrations require a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8. For more admissions requirements, download information on our Apply Now page.
Is a thesis required in this program?
No, this program does not require a thesis.
How many total credits are required?
A total of 30 credit hours are required for the MS in Criminal Justice online program. For answers to your questions regarding your specific requirements, contact a program manager at (866) 758-7670.
Is there a residency requirement?
No, there are no requirements to travel to the Saint Joseph’s University campus.
What kind of support is available to students?
You will have your own student coordinator, who will be familiar with your situation and can direct you to additional resources if required. In addition, Saint Joseph’s offers tech support for the online format.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Most students complete the program in about two years.
Can I preview some coursework?
Yes, you can view sample coursework and “try out” the curriculum on the Test Flight page. Ask a Program Manager for more information.
Are concentrations available in this program?
What kind of jobs can I expect to qualify for with this degree?
Depending on your past experience and career goals, the Criminal Justice master’s prepares you for high-level positions in local or state law enforcement and federal agencies, as well as opportunities in criminology, private security and counseling. Go to the Career Outlook page for more information.
For additional information on the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program, please call (866) 758-7670.