MS in CPP Curriculum Requirements (33 credit hours)
Administration of Justice Track
Select 2 from the following:
The minimum total credit-hours required is 33.
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 in a wide variety of government 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.
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:
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.
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.