Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The online program is geared toward criminal justice practitioners interested in advancing their careers and working professionals interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice.

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The Department of Criminal Justice is dedicated to continuing growth as a leader in developing high quality internet and web-based instruction, and to increasing the use of new and innovative technology in the delivery of its instructional programs to individuals whose circumstances prevent them from regularly attending classes on the university campus. The online program allows students to complete coursework around their schedules and finish their degree in two years.

  • The primary objective of the Department of Criminal Justice is to provide students who cannot come to Denton campus with a quality, graduate learning experience.
  • The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice will continue the tradition of quality instruction, standards of excellence, and innovation in teaching and learning for which the Department of Criminal Justice is becoming well known for.

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a two-year program consisting of four (4) required core courses (12 Hours), 21 hours of electives from criminal justice (9 hours of elective courses from outside the discipline can be completed), and 3 hours of a capstone course that will assist the student in integrating their skills into a practical setting (for a total of 36 hours to complete the degree).

Online MSCJ Graduate Admission Requirements

All admission requirements to the online MSCJ program must be fulfilled including the application process for admission to graduate studies at the Toulouse Graduate School. Once the student has submitted an application for graduate studies at UNT, the application will be reviewed by the Department of Criminal Justice for admission to the online MSCJ program. Applicants will be admitted to the online MSCJ program in the Fall and Spring semesters only.

In order for your application to be considered for admission, your application packet needs to be completed and submitted by August 1 for Fall admission and by December 1 for Spring.

The admission requirements for the online program are as follows:

Please submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission considerations include:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Official transcripts of all academic coursework previously undertaken, including an undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution in an allied field
  4. Two letters of recommendation (Academic or Professional) referencing the applicant's ability to perform graduate work
  5. A personal statement
  6. International students ONLY: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)--a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required

A holistic review of each student's application file will be completed with admission offered on a competitive basis

The personal statement is sent directly to the departmental MSCJ online coordinator and includes an explanation of the following: career goals, why you are pursuing a Master's degree, prior experience in the criminal justice field, prior research experience in criminal justice, and anything in your personal background that you deem relevant to your admission decision.
Please send or e-mail the personal statement to:

Brooke Nodeland, Ph.D.
Online MSCJ Program Coordinator
University of North Texas
Department of Criminal Justice
1155 Union Circle #305130
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Online Policy Manual