The criminal justice degree requires the completion of 30 credit hours, which includes a master's level thesis. A comprehensive written exam on the general field of criminal justice, based on the core courses, is also required at the conclusion of the program. The following core courses are required of all students:

  • CJUS 606 Criminology
  • CJUS 611 Law and Justice in America
  • CJUS 620 Sociology of Crime and Delinquency
  • CJUS 621 Juvenile Justice in a Changing Society
  • CJUS 642 Criminal Justice Administration
  • CJUS 683 Research and Planning in Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 784 Research Essay: Seminar

The remaining nine credit hours are criminal justice electives and must be approved by the department chair. A concentration in corrections is available.

For further information about the MS in criminal justice, including an application, please complete the web inquiry form. Questions regarding the application process may be e-mailed directly to the office of graduate services at

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Contact the department at (513) 745-3518 or email For additional information, contact the Office of Graduate Services at (513) 745-3360 or email