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.
There are a variety of ways to suit your goals including:
- Graduate-level day and evening courses
|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
-- Application Fee
-- Professional Statement
-- Three (3) Confidential Reference Letters (Two  should be academic references)
-- Academic Transcripts
-- An Interview may be required
(Advantages of the web application)
|Dir. of Graduate Admissions: Kristi S. Richter
Tel. No.: 314.977.2752
|Director: 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
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- Student Visa
- A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
- 24 credit hours in the liberal arts as a pre-requisite for admission. The applicant's transcript must reflect a range of courses in the following areas: the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, history, English, literature, philosophy, theology, and fine arts.
The application consists of seven components:
- Application Form
- Application Fee
- Professional Statement
- Confidential Reference Forms
- Academic Transcripts
- 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:
Additional Application Materials for International Students
- TOEFL Scores
- Financial Support Statement
- 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 Degree Requirements consists of 57 credit hours of classroom and practicum courses.
The M.S. degree consists of 33 credit hours. Students design their academic program to develop competence in a specific concentration area that interests them. Students choose 21 of their 33 credit hours of course work from one of three concentrations and three elective courses:
- Administration of Justice
- Treatment and Rehabilitation
- Emergency Response
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.