The MSCPP degree prepares graduates to be advanced practitioners in a variety of community and agency/organizational settings. Whether students are just beginning their careers or looking to advance in their current profession, the MS in Criminology and Professional Practice provides comprehensive education and specialized training necessary for effective individuals in leadership positions in a wide variety of government agencies and community organizations.
SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice offers the MS in Criminology and Professional Practice in full- and part-time options. Courses are offered in the evening and all courses in the Emergency Management concentration are offered online.
Students help to design their graduate degree program to develop competence in a specific concentration area of interest. Students choose 21 of their 33 credit hours of course work from one of three concentrations and two Criminology and Criminal Justice elective courses.
Employers and organizations will benefit from employing graduates of the MS in Criminology and Professional Practice program as our students are prepared to identify, understand, and apply cutting-edge administrative, emergency management, and treatment and rehabilitative practices to challenging real world conditions.
Our nationally recognized faculty have a wide range of research interests:
Applicants are required to complete an online application, submit a résumé, professional statement, two confidential reference letters (one academic and one professional) and transcripts. In some instances, an interview may be required. Additional factors considered in determining an applicant's eligibility include academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program attended, work experience, previous graduate degrees, motivation, leadership and service.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. A GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred. Applicants with a GPA under 3.0 will be considered on a case by case basis. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester. The priority deadline for funding consideration is March 1; the final deadline is August 1. The GRE or other test scores are not required for the MS but may be submitted.
**Guidelines for the Professional Statement:
The professional statement informs the Criminology and Professional Practice (CPP) Committee of the applicant's background and professional goals. This is also as an indicator of the applicant's writing ability and helps the CPP Committee acquire a broader understanding of the applicant. The content and the quality of the composition will be used to judge the applicant's preparedness for graduate school. The statement must not exceed three typed pages.
Following review of admissions materials, an on-site writing sample may be required. The following question should be addressed in the professional statement:
Why do you want to pursue a graduate degree in criminology & professional practice?
SLU offers new and continuing MS students partial tuition-remission merit-based scholarships. Applicants who apply by the priority deadline can also apply for graduate assistantships.
MS in CPP Curriculum Requirements (33 credit hours)
Students select one of the following concentrations:
Administration of Justice
(15 credit hours)
(15 credit hours)
Treatment and Rehabilitation
(15 credit hours)
Elective Courses, select two:
(6 credit hours)
Additional electives from other programs will be approved on a case by case basis.