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