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Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

Saint Louis University’s Master of Arts in criminology and criminal justice offers three diverse tracks: administration of justice, emergency management, and treatment and rehabilitation.

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About the Program

SLU’s criminology and criminal justice degree prepares you to take on leadership roles in a variety of community settings. Part-time and full-time degree options are available.

Students can select one of the following areas to be the focus of their studies:

Administration of Justice

You'll prepare for leadership roles in justice-serving organizations through coursework designed to increase your knowledge about the justice system, techniques and challenges of administration and issues in jurisprudence. Integrate the knowledge you’ll develop through rigorous coursework with community-based learning opportunities to begin creating solutions to complex social and organizational challenges.

Emergency Management

Justice personnel can be among the first responders to a crisis. Learn critical thinking, leadership and crisis management skills through seminars and challenging simulations that put your academic knowledge to the test. All courses in this concentration are offered online.

Treatment and Rehabilitation

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. A blend of in-class training and community-based practice experiences prepares you to become an effective treatment agent.

Program Highlights

Students in the criminology and criminal justice master’s program are trained to identify, understand and apply administrative, emergency management, and treatment and rehabilitative practices to challenging real world conditions.

What career you pursue after graduating with an M.A. in criminology and criminal justice will depend on your chosen concentration. Graduates of the administration of justice concentration are prepared for leadership roles in justice-serving organizations. Graduates of the treatment and rehabilitation concentration are prepared to be effective treatment agents. Graduates of the emergency management concentration are trained to be emergency responders.

Graduates have accepted professional opportunities with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service and IRS.
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

We recognize that when choosing to continue your education, cost can be a concern. To help ease that decision, we have identified the following financial aid resources.

FASFA and Other Resources

All incoming students should complete the application for theFree Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA). A step-by-step guide to submittingyour FAFSA is available online.

Saint Louis University Student Financial Services provides a Graduate Financial Aid Handbookthat outlines the process of financing your graduate education.

The following links to resources in Saint Louis University Student Financial Services may also be helpful:


New and continuing students are eligible for merit-based scholarships. Prospective students who apply for admission by the priority deadline are automatically screened for scholarship eligibility. No additional application is required; awards are based on information provided in the admission application.

Priority Deadlines

  • October 1, 2018, for applicants who wish to start in spring 2019

Please note that the terms of scholarship are subject to change if you petition for a degree transfer or fail to remain in good academic standing.


Newly accepted master's or doctoral students and students in the first year of a program are eligible to apply for the Diversity, Dissertation and Presidential university-funded fellowships. You must apply to be nominated by the School of Social Work; email Kristi Richter, Director of Graduate Recruitment and Admission, for more information.

Other university scholarships that do not require nomination by a department/school are also available.

Graduate Assistantships

You can apply for a full or partial graduate assistantship with the School of Social Work. The application period for 2017-2018 is closed.

Current Students

Current students are eligible for full-tuition scholarships, conference/training funding and graduate assistantships. For more information and applications, visit theSchool of Social Work's Google Site.

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Probationary admission may be considered for students with cumulative GPAs below 3.0.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Two confidential reference letters (one professional, one academic)
Résumé or curriculum vita
Professional statement

Requirements for International Students

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

Students should apply by Aug. 1 for the fall semester. The priority deadline for funding and graduate assistantship consideration is March 1.

Review Process

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 GPA is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process.