Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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.