Master of Science (MS) in Criminology and Professional Practice
Communities in the 21st century require professionals with interdisciplinary skills and preparation to handle many complex challenges. The Master of Science in Criminology and Professional Practice prepares students to meet these challenges by providing them with a foundation in three diverse tracks: Administration of justice, treatment and rehabilitation and emergency response.
This degree prepares graduates to be advanced practitioners in a variety of community settings. Whether students are looking to advance their career or looking to begin their career, the MS in Criminology and Professional Practice provides specialized training that is needed in leadership positions within community organizations.
Upon completion of foundation course work in criminology, students select one of the following areas of concentration to be the focus of their studies.
- Administration of Justice: Prepares students for leadership roles in justice serving organizations through course work designed to increase knowledge about the justice system, techniques and challenges of administration and issues in jurisprudence. Students will learn to integrate knowledge developed through rigorous course work with community-based learning opportunities to begin developing solutions to complex social challenges.
- Treatment and Rehabilitation: Students will gain an in depth understanding of essential human behavior, issues related to the treatment of high-risk populations, and evidence-based practices for improving the health of offenders and the communities in which they reside. The student will enjoy a blend of in class training and community-based practice experiences that prepare them to be effective treatment agents.
- Emergency Response: Students will learn skills for responding to crises to which justice personnel are among the first responders. They will learn critical thinking, leadership, crisis management skills through seminars and simulations that challenge them to put their academic knowledge to the test.
Variable course delivery formats
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.
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.
Take Knowledge Back to Work
Employers and organizations will benefit from the MS in Criminology and Professional Practice coursework as students continuously apply cutting-edge administrative, treatment and emergency management practices to real world conditions.
Faculty and Research
SLU's Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty are nationally recognized as leaders in community engagement with years of professional experience in the field. These faculty members have diverse research interests, including:
- Criminal Justice Decision-Making
- Disparities in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Correctional Treatment of Offenders
- Technologies for Improving Responsiveness
- Countering Biological Weapons Terrorism
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants are required to fill out an online application, submit a résumé, professional statement, three confidential reference letters, two 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 minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applications are only accepted for the fall semester. The priority deadline for funding consideration is March 1; the final deadline is August 1. Applicants must have submitted their application by the priority deadline to be considered for graduate assistantships and scholarships.
The GRE or other test scores are not required for the MS.
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.
If you'd like more information about SLU's Criminology and Professional Practice program, fill out our information request form to contact our office of admission.
Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester. If you're ready to get started, apply now.