Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in criminal justice program is designed for those persons who are interested in studying the theory and practice of criminal justice in law enforcement, courts and corrections. Students graduate with an understanding of the dynamics of criminal and delinquent behavior, the nature and scope of the crime and delinquency in contemporary society, and the current efforts by the criminal justice system to address these issues.

Why Choose Xavier?

Distinguished Faculty

All criminal justice faculty members have terminal degrees from top criminal justice/law schools. Among other things, faculty research focuses on comparative policing, homeland security, attitudes toward police and issues surrounding women and crime. Faculty members serve as consultants to various local, state, federal and international agencies.

Student Testimonials

"The criminal justice program at Xavier University provided me with exceptional knowledge in one of the most important academic fields of our time. The professors and administrative staff are supreme professionals committed to preparing students to succeed as a criminal justice practitioner. The critical thinking skills I developed from this program continue to play a vital role in my ability to detect, deter and disrupt foreign intelligence services and terrorism activities within the Department of Defense."

Former Student
Counterintelligence Agent
U.S. Department of Defense

"Xavier University's criminal justice program is family at its best. A place where students and faculty share information and experience that enhance learning and promote understanding. It is where our hearts and our minds intersect. The result is a very special bond between people that often stands the test of time."

Joe Milek
Lieutenant
Cincinnati Police Department

"The criminal justice program at Xavier University was welcoming and highly reputable. The small classroom size and experienced professors helped me gain a wealth of knowledge, while having fun at the same time. The criminal justice program played a big part in helping me get where I am today in my career."

Carrie Tribbe
Intensive Supervision Probation Officer
Hamilton County Adult Probation