Master of Science

Criminal Justice

Become a Justice Leader. 

Take the lead with your CCSU MS in Criminal Justice. Apply theory and research to executive decision-making, policy development and analysis, and treatment of offenders. Use your understanding of social and psychological models of crime and intervention to inform prevention and anti-recidivism proposals and programs. 

Program Features

  • Starts every January and August  
  • 30-credit program  
  • Attend full- or part-time  
  • Ability to attend two classes in a single night maximizing on-campus instruction  
  • Access to nationally and internationally recognized experts in policing, probation, cybercrime, and hate crimes  
  • Completion of a capstone project that addresses issues relevant to current or potential future employment  
  • Small class sizes  
  • Financial aid is available  
  • No GMAT/GRE required 


- LeeAnn Vertefeuille, MS '12

CCSU’s Criminal Justice MS program provided me with the foundation needed to excel in my career in Victim Services. Not only were the courses relevant to my work in court-based services but the program was flexible and allowed me to tailor my learning, through my Master’s Thesis and elective courses, to focus on trauma and crime victimization. I can honestly say I would not be where I am today if it weren’t for CCSU and the dedicated staff who believed in and supported me from day one.

- LeeAnn Vertefeuille, MS '12

Did You Know?

80% - 90% of CCSU MS in Criminal Justice students are employed in the field before they graduate from their MS Program. Graduates include agency heads and upper-level administrators (Police Chiefs, Directors, Wardens, Program Managers).

What You'll Gain

  • Interaction with multi-disciplinary faculty including criminologists, lawyers, clinical psychologists, organizational psychologists, and criminal justice professionals 
  • Development of analytical and practical skills needed to be an effective criminal justice leader 
  • Opportunities to network with other graduate students and develop relationships to last throughout your career 
  • Competitive edge for placement and/or advancement with criminal justice and related agencies throughout the state and region