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- Master of Social Work
- MS in Applied Behavior Analysis
- MS in Criminology and Professional Practice
- Post-Master's Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
- PhD in Social Work
Master of Science (MS) in Criminology and Professional Practice
MS in CPP Curriculum Requirements (33 credit hours)
Students select one of the following concentrations:
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Elective Courses select two
Communities and organizations 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 (MSCPP) degree prepares students to meet these challenges by providing them with a core criminological knowledge foundation and the opportunity to gain further skills and enhance their graduate education by selecting one of three diverse concentrations: the administration of justice, emergency management, and treatment and rehabilitation.
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.
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 and other organizations through course work designed to increase knowledge about the justice system, techniques and challenges of administration and issues in jurisprudence. Students learn to integrate knowledge developed through rigorous course work with community-based learning opportunities to begin developing administrative and systematic solutions to complex social and organizational challenges.
- Emergency Management: Students learn skills for responding to crises to which justice personnel are among the first responders. They learn critical thinking, leadership and crisis management skills through seminars and simulations that challenge them to put their academic knowledge to the test through practical application.
- Treatment and Rehabilitation: Students learn skills for responding to crises to which justice personnel are among the first responders. They learn critical thinking, leadership and crisis management skills through seminars and simulations that challenge them to put their academic knowledge to the test through practical application.
Variable course delivery formats
The MS in Criminology and Professional Practice offers 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.
Take Knowledge Back to Work
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.
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
- Legal Constraints on Law Enforcement
- Disparities in Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Correctional Treatment of Offenders
- Countering Biological Weapons Terrorism
- Bio-Social Factors in Crime
- Communities and Crime
- Juvenile Justice Administration and Outcomes
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
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.
Visit our Graduate Admission page for more information on application requirements and deadlines.
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.
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Applications are now being accepted for the fall semester. If you're ready to get started, apply now.