Saint Louis University

Criminology and Professional Practice | Master of Science Degree

At Saint Louis University School of Social Work, students earn a degree in the distinguished fields of social work, applied behavior analysis or criminology and criminal justice, fields that empower people to use their knowledge to touch the lives of others.

Deeply rooted in a mission of social justice, the School of Social Work within the College for Public Health & Social Justice is a leader in integrating social work practice and education.

Both day and evening courses at the graduate level are offered to help meet your educational goals.

School of Social Work College for Public Health & Social Justice
Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Priority Deadline: March 1
Final Deadline: August 1
-- Application Form
-- Resume/CV
-- Application Fee
-- Professional Statement
-- Two (2) Confidential Reference Letters (One [1] should be academic references)
-- Academic Transcripts
-- An Interview may be required

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Dir. of Graduate Admissions: Kristi S. Richter

Tel. No.: 314.977.2752
Director of the School of Social Work:
Don Linhorst, MSW, Ph.D., ACSW

*Priority Deadline:
Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Please contact a representative from the degree program or the Office of Admission for more information.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Fall admittance is March 1; spring is October 1 (Applicants for scholarships must have received either full or provisional admission to be considered for a scholarship.)

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Applicant Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Professional experience desirable

Application Components

 The application consists of seven components:

  1. Application Form
  2. Resume
  3. Application Fee
  4. Professional Statement
  5. Confidential Reference Forms
  6. Academic Transcripts
  7. An Interview may be required

Guidelines for preparing 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 type written 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?


Additional Application Materials for International Students

  1. TOEFL Scores
  2. Financial Support Statement
  3. Student Visa

TOEFL requirements as of Fall 2011: A minimum score of 580 is required and 4+ writing on the old TOEFL or 92 on the new TOEFL test and must be included with the application.

International students must demonstrate full financial support during their time as a graduate student in the MSCPP Program. A letter from a financial sponsor is required. International students may apply for a scholarship through the School of Social Work Financial Aid. Scholarships through the School of Social Work are considered partial awards and are for tuition only.

International students must meet other requirements for their student visa. For a detailed explanation of these requirements international students are required to work with the International Center of Saint Louis University. 

Rankings/Honors: SLU School of Social Work is a Top 50-Ranked program by U.S. News and World Report.

Credit Hours/Coursework: The M.S. degree consists of 33 credit hours. Academic Tracks include:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Emergency Response

Career Possibilities: Employers will benefit from the coursework as students continuously apply cutting-edge administrative, treatment and emergency management practices to real world conditions. Career Services

Curriculum & Program Details
| MSCPP Course Details

About the Faculty: As faculty, we endeavor to help our constituents -- students, the larger university community, alumni, and professional colleagues -- to develop as critical, reflective thinkers who are capable and willing to exercise leadership in advancing the cause of human good in the world.

We pursue this goal by providing learning-teaching environments, which nurture, strengthen, and sustain creative intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and technical abilities and interests.

We encourage and support innovative scholarship and research.

We strive for excellence in teaching, advising, and mentoring.

We actively engage in community service, linking the School and its resources to local, national, and international communities to eliminate ignorance, poverty, injustice, hunger, and the forces that perpetuate these social ills. | Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The School of Social Work offers new and continuing graduate students partial tuition remission merit based scholarships. Graduate students receive scholarships ranging from $500-$10,000. Applicants who do not initially meet the scholarship criteria and are not awarded a scholarship may apply during their first semester in the MSW Program. Applicants who do meet the merit criteria are encouraged to explore opportunities available through the Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid. | Scholarship & Financial Aid  | Student Financial Services at SLU | Affording Graduate Education at SLU

Program Description & Highlights: The MS in Criminology and Professional Practice program offers multiple course delivery formats to assist students who are working full- or part-time. The formats include evening and online courses within the emergency response concentration.

Criminology and Professional Practice Application Review Process

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. As soon as an application is complete, it is reviewed.
  • The Admissions Committee considers several factors to determine a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, personal statement, work experience, any graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service. The undergraduate G.P.A. is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process.

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