Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Exciting News - Beginning Fall 2019, we plan to offer two specializations under the MSCJ.

We are excited to share with you our plan to offer the Forensic Investigation (FI) specialization under our highly regarded Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program. With the addition of the FI specialization, we are also planning a second specialization in Victims and Offenders to better serve current and future needs that are in line with best practices in the field today. Adding these specializations to the MSCJ degree provides students with a comprehensive foundation in graduate-level coursework and leverages their marketability as educated consumers of research, knowledge, and practice from both a generalized and focused approach.

Click here to view the proposed MSCJ with specialization options.

Prepare to lead

Take the next step in your criminal justice career with BGSU's Master's of Science in Criminal Justice. This high-caliber 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. For working professionals interested in pursuing a Criminal Justice graduate degree on a part-time basis, we maintain an evening course schedule with classes offered from 6-9 PM.

Advantages of Earning the MSCJ

  • Entry-level credential to careers in middle management
  • Valuable tool for securing promotions and advancement
  • Highly regarded indicator of professionalism and competence beyond the baccalaureate degree
  • Minimum requirement for employment in some agencies  

Learn from the best

Bowling Green's highly qualified faculty are well respected nationally in their field and bring real-world experience to their teaching. Their areas of specialization include victimology, police organizations, corrections, juvenile justice, criminal law, crime prevention, and more. The program's small class settings foster a dynamic relationship with these professionals.

Expect quality and flexibility

  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • Courses timed to fit your schedule
  • Part-time or full-time study
  • A 33 semester-hour program
  • The flexibility to complete the program in one calendar year full-time (three semesters) or two calendar years part-time (six semesters)
  • Students may start in fall, spring, or summer
We also offer current BGSU juniors and seniors the option to become a pre-master's student under our Accelerated MS in Criminal Justice program. For more information, please click here.

MSCJ On-Campus Program

Creative projects to explore, research, and examine critical issues are common in the MSCJ program. Check out this recent example of a magazine created by MSCJ students on special prison populations by clicking on the photo below.