Criminal Justice, M.S.

The University of West Florida offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This program, taught by a dynamic faculty committed to high-quality graduate-level education, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills in theory, administration, research, and data analysis necessary for careers in the practice and administration of criminal justice, research, education, policy analysis, or to pursue doctoral-level studies.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice at UWF is designed to fit the demands of contemporary students' diverse schedules. Classes are offered evenings, some weekends, and in online and blended delivery formats. Full time students can complete the degree in four semesters (one and a half years). Students can also complete the program entirely on line over an extended period of time.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements described in the Graduate Admissions section of the catalog, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*
Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee 
Submission of official transcripts 
*International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements
• Submission of one of the following graduate admission test scores: GRE or MAT 
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Academic preparation as demonstrated by quality and relevance of undergraduate degree major 
• Submission of personal statement written by the applicant, which outlines their future career goals in criminal justice and how the degree will help him/her to achieve the goals. Additional contents of the statement should include the applicant's academic preparation, work-history, volunteer experience, activities, and honors or awards received. 
• Submission of three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate program. At least two of the letters should be from former professors.

Department Contact

Dr. Matthew Crow, Coordinator
Criminal Justice, M.S.

Phone: (850) 857-6371

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Application Deadlines

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.

Student Perspective

"If I had to describe the UWF Criminal Justice graduate program in one word, it would be opportunity. I have had the opportunity to engage in field work, research, data analysis, and even publications. Regardless of what path I choose to take, the program works and adapts to offer me the skills I need. So, the only limits are the ones that I put on myself." — Richard Elligson, Criminal Justice Graduate Student

Faculty Perspective

“The UWF Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is great because it provides students with unique opportunities for deeper learning and interaction with professors. Students engage in meaningful discussion, critical thinking, and application of criminal justice theories, practices, and policies. The MSCJ program also allows for research opportunities and the building of skills for future careers or further education.” — Dr. Jamie Snyder, Assistant Professor