Master of Science (MS)

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Criminal Justice

The ever-changing criminal justice system faces many challenges. And there is an increasing need for criminal justice professionals who understand research and who can develop and implement evidence-based solutions.

Earn your master’s in criminal justice online in 18 months at BGSU. Our nationally ranked online program can help you advance your career and take on leadership roles in criminal justice agencies. It’s also a great foundation for law school or a doctoral program in criminal justice.

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Program highlights

  • Convenient and flexible. Earn your master’s in criminal justice online in five semesters – perfect for working professionals. We offer six start dates, and semesters last seven weeks.
  • Nationally ranked. Our part-time online program is highly ranked among Ohio and Midwest universities as determined by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Nationally recognized faculty. Engage with faculty who are involved in policy-relevant research and have a professional background in criminal justice. Some consult with leading criminal justice organizations, such as the National Institute of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

BGSU’s online criminal justice master’s program is ranked No. 1 among Ohio public universities and in the top 10 in the U.S.

Sources: U.S. News and World Report

Career opportunities

The BGSU criminal justice graduate program allows professionals working in criminal justice to gain the necessary insights, frameworks and communication skills to advance to leadership positions. The MSCJ program also prepares those looking to make a career change to the criminal justice profession.

Graduates of the MSCJ program have gone on to work or advance their careers in federal, state, county or local law enforcement agencies. Some go on to law school or research- or policy-oriented doctoral programs.

Career paths

  • Criminal investigator
  • Criminal justice analyst
  • Law enforcement leadership
  • Senior corrections officer or administrator
  • Parole and probation officer
  • Community corrections specialist
  • College instructor

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The master’s program curriculum integrates theory, research and practical experience to help you develop effective responses to contemporary challenges facing the criminal justice system. You will gain a broader understanding of the criminal justice process and the link between research and policy.

You will develop the skills to communicate effectively and conduct and assess research.

Required courses

Criminal Justice

Sample courses

  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Data Analysis and Interpretation in Criminal Justice
  • Law, Evidence and Procedure in Forensic Science
  • Seminar in Contemporary Corrections
  • Seminar in Contemporary Policing
  • Race, Gender and Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Nature of Crime

Quality Matters LogoBGSU is the only university in Ohio and one of just nine in the nation to earn the Quality Matters Online Learner Support certificate for all of our seven-week online programs. The certificate recognizes that our programs provide the critical services needed for student success and that we use student feedback to continuously improve those services.

Updated: 09/21/2023 09:50AM