Master of Education

Criminal Justice Online

This program is ranked number one in the nation by Best College Reviews and best in Ohio by U.S. News and World Report. This high-caliber online program will equip you for leadership roles in criminal justice agencies, as well as provide a solid base for the pursuit of a doctoral degree.

Ranked #1 in the country by Best College Reviews and ranked #8 in the country by U.S. News and World Report.

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Criminal Justice Online Masters Program

Advance Your Career

Investigator
Probation/Parole Officer
Higher Ed Instructor/Administrator
Correctional Treatment Specialist
Solid base for the pursuit of a doctoral degree

Program Benefits

Six start dates throughout the year
Eight-week classes
World-class faculty publish in leading journals, consult with the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Justice and the FBI
Small class settings foster a dynamic relationship with these professionals.

Courses/Cost/Time

11 Courses - 33 Credit Hours
Tuition Estimate $14,964
Finish in under two years, part-time
Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers two online courses each term. Here are the details, but certainly feel free to contact the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Adam Watkins, adammw@bgsu.edu - 419-372-9540.

  • There are 11 courses (33 credit hours) required for the degree. One class is delivered approximately every seven weeks with a one week break in between classes each term each semester, including summers. 
  • It takes less than two years to complete the degree if students complete a course every seven weeks. 
  • In order to successfully complete your studies and graduate with an MSCJ degree, you will be required to compile a portfolio consisting of specific projects you will already be completing as part of your coursework.
  • The instructor of record will always be a full-time faculty member at BGSU.
  • We offer rolling admissions so you will not have to wait until the next semester to join us.

Course Requirements

2017

Spring Semester
CRJU 5200 The Organization & Management of Justice (1)
CRJU 6200 Seminar in Contemporary Corrections (2)

Summer Semester
CRJU 6100 Seminar in Contemporary Policing (1)
CRJU 6150 Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice (2)

Fall Semester
CRJU 5100 Research Methods (1)
CRJU 6510 Seminar in Criminal Justice Ethics (2)

2018

Spring Semester
CRJU 5150 Data & Statistical Analysis in CJ (1)
CRJU 6400 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis (2)

Summer Semester
CRJU 6550 Crime Analysis (1)
CRJU 6820 Topics in Criminal Justice (2)

Fall Semester
CRJU 5010 Criminal Justice Processes & Institutions (1)
CRJU 5050 The Nature of Crime (2)

Frequently Asked Questions

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is 33 credit hours (11 courses).

It takes two years to complete the degree if students complete a course every seven weeks. One class is delivered approximately every seven weeks with a one week break in between classes each term each semester, including summers.

We utilize a learning management system called Canvas that allows us to have audio-visual conferences with students on a regular basis both as a class and individually. We schedule at least one hour a week where students and faculty get together in this virtual conference to discuss readings and expand on any lecture content posted for the course. We record these conferences so students who are unable to "attend" can watch it later.

There is a chat function on Canvas that allows for similar interactions as noted above but it involves mostly typing rather than speaking to one another. Some faculty hold chats once or twice a week in addition to the conference. All depends on the course. There may be group projects where students work together on projects with the professor virtually meeting with the groups on Canvas.

Essentially, the only difference between online and on campus is how the content is delivered. To illustrate, on campus, we are physically present and speaking to students directly. For online, we may record our content and post for delivery, we present our content using PowerPoint with and without voiceover, or we type up the content for students to read and then open up the items for discussion.

Our faculty work hard to develop productive relationships with students in their classes and are very responsive to emails, phone calls, and discussion posts. This is the same manner we approach our on campus students as well.

There are two courses offered each semester, approximately every seven weeks, for the online program, which means students can enter two times during the semester (i.e, Summer 1, Summer 2, Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2). 

Deadlines

 

Summer 1

April 10

Summer 2

June 1

Fall 1

August 10

Fall 2

September 30

Spring 1

December 14

Spring 2

February 15

We have a graduate non-degree seeking status option at the university where students earning a 3.0 or better in nine credit hours of graduate level coursework can be considered for admission into a graduate degree program. With careful selection of these three courses (i.e., nine credit hours), these same classes could also be applied towards your MSCJ degree. Earning Bs or better, these courses would demonstrate your ability to be successful in graduate level work and these grades will be reviewed in lieu of your undergraduate grade point average in our admission decision.

The application for non-degree status can be found here: http://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/registration/documents/admission-services/RR--Admission-Services--Graduate--Non-Degree-Application.pdf

Curriculum

Foundation Courses (9 hours required)

  •  Criminal Justice Processes & Institutions
  • The Nature of Crime
  • Criminal Justice Policy Analysis

Research in Practice Courses (6 hours required)

  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Data and Statistical Analysis in Criminal Justice

Substantive Issues Courses (18 hours required)

  • The Organization & Management of Justice
  • Seminar in Contemporary Policing
  • Seminar in Contemporary Juvenile Justice
  • Seminar in Contemporary Corrections
  • Issues in Justice Administration
  •  Crime Analysis

 

BGSU eCampus Cost

 Ohio Resident

Non-Resident

Application Fee

$45.00

$45.00

Cost Per Credit (Tuition & General Fee)

$464.00

$475.00

Cost Per Class (3 Credit Hours)

$1,392.00

$1,425.00

Cost Per Semester (2 Classes)

$2,784.00

$2,850.00

Cost Of Program (33 Credits)

$15,312.00

$15,675.00

Textbook/Course Materials (Average)

$820.50

$820.50

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. 

Required Application Materials:

  • Online application at http://choose.bgsu.edu/graduate/?major=Z558
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Personal letter of application of 750 words or less outlining interests in graduate study, expectations, and future goals.
  • Applicants who meet ONE of the following criteria do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE):
    • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
    • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75
    • 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study AND 5 or more years of work experience in the criminal justice field
    • 3.0 GPA in 9 hours of graduate credit
  • For applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria, a minimum GRE score of 150 on Verbal and 141 on Quantitative sections is required.

Applicants who meet ONE of the following criteria do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study AND 5 or more years of work experience in the criminal justice field
  • 3.0 GPA in 9 hours of graduate credit

For applicants who do not meet any of the above criteria, a minimum GRE score of 150 on Verbal and 141 on Quantitative sections is required.

Applicants who earned a 2.5 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study AND have 5 or more years of work experience in criminal justice or related fields can waive the GRE requirement. Related fields include public and private security, loss prevention, asset protection, counseling, social work, paralegal studies, legal assistant, law, or public administration. If you are unsure if your work experience would count, please contact us at mscj@bgsu.edu.

BGSU offers many services and resources to online students.

  • The Learning Commons: The Learning Commons provides students with academic resources that foster independent learning by offering individual and group tutoring and consultation sessions tailored to meet the needs of any student in any course at any time in the learning process. They currently offer online writing consultations and plan to add more resources and services for distance learners.  
  • BGSU Library: Access to online journals, inter-library loan, OhioLINK, as well as research support and advising.
  • BGSU Library: Distance Education Resource Guide: This guide was designed to offer you information and links to the various services that the library provides for students taking an online class, studying abroad, or completing a degree online. You can always visit the University Libraries homepage to access all of the library's resources, but this guide was created to highlight some of the resources that we think are particularly useful for distance students. 

Not necessarily. In general, you are not required to attend class at certain times. You are free to log in and complete your course work at times that are convenient for your schedule. However, your instructor will require that you meet deadlines for assignments and tests as well as reply within a given time frame to discussion board posts. Your instructor may also hold live presentations or lectures using web-conferencing tools or require a first day of the semester log in so be sure to check the class notes for special instructions when you register.

Below is the policy on transfer credits for the MSCJ program.

  • BGSU will accept up to nine credit hours of graduate credit from another institution in which the student earned a B or better. BGSU also permits a maximum of nine credit hours to be applied towards another degree at BGSU.
  • Students may not transfer in credit for core courses.
  • Students can only apply for their transfer credits after they have completed eight credit hours of graduate work.
  • Students may apply graduate credits from BGSU towards their MSCJ degree if the courses are appropriate as determined by the Graduate Coordinator. 
  • Courses older than six years are not eligible for transfer. The clock starts running at the end of the course(s) requested for transfer, and lasts for six years. Students must graduate before the six years expires or else these prior courses are too old and no longer will count regardless of whether the courses were taken at BGSU or another university. For example, courses from the fall of 2009 could be considered for transfer if you will graduate from the MSCJ program before the fall of 2015.

Your letters of recommendation and personal letter of application can be sent via e-mail to mscj@bgsu.edu.

No, your undergraduate degree does not need to be in criminal justice. We currently have students who come from a wide range of backgrounds such as security, journalism, and psychology.

We do not have payment plans available for online students. Instead, a student's bill can be deferred. For example, if the first bill is due in August, then a student can have their bill postponed until September.

No, students in the online program graduate with the same diploma as on campus students.

No, the online classes are considered 100% Web-based courses and are delivered completely online and do not require time on campus. (But just because you are online does not mean that you cannot make a visit to campus anytime.)

Essentially, the only difference between online and on campus is how the content is delivered. Therefore, textbooks and other course materials are necessary for meeting the course objectives and completing assignments. 

There are two different plans of actions for degree completion.

Plan 1: Portfolio Option

The Portfolio Option is the most common plan chosen by students in the MSCJ program. Students compile an electronic portfolio consisting of papers and/or projects that are integrated across specific courses. A reflection paper discussing the contents of the portfolio’s significance and application relative to the degree program and practical considerations is also required.

Plan 2: Thesis Option

The thesis option is a major project of original research, conducted under the supervision of the student’s major advisor. Students electing this option must register for no fewer than three, or more than six, credit hours of thesis research as part of their degree program.

The time frame between applying and admission is 3-4 weeks. However, the sooner the applicant submits ALL supporting materials (i.e., transcript, letters of recommendation, and personal letter) the quicker they can expect to be notified about admission status. 

Student’s letters of recommendation can be from past professors, supervisors, or colleagues holding a graduate degree. 

Students may enroll in two courses (6 credit hours) each semester. One class is delivered approximately every seven weeks.

Grades can be accessed through your courses Canvas page under the tab “Grades”.

Students may view Mid-term and Final Grade information via the Student Center in MyBGSU. In Student Center, select the Other Academic field, pull down and select “Grades”. The student may then click the Mid-term Grades tab to view Mid-term grades.

The Office of Student Financial Aid provides information about funding your education at BGSU. 

Application Requirements

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Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. There is a non-refundable application fee.

APPLY NOW OR RETURN TO EXISTING APPLICATION

You will be able asked for the following during the online application process

  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal letter of application of 750 words or less outlining interests in graduate study, expectations, and future goals.

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Submit Transcripts & Standardized Test Scores

Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Official transcripts and test scores are to be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE and TOEFL tests, visit the  Educational Testing Service  website.

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Applicants who meet ONE of the following criteria do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Applicants who meet ONE of the following criteria do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE): For applicants who do not meet any of the following criteria, a minimum GRE score of 150 on Verbal and 141 on Quantitative sections is required. 

  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate study
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75
  • Experience in the criminal justice field
  • 3.0 GPA in 9 hours of graduate credit

You will be enrolled in and receive your graduate degree from the College of Health and Human Services