Criminal Justice

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.


Program Description

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.


The Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires 33 credit hours for graduation, including 15 credit hours of the following required core courses:

Criminal Justice Required Core
CCJ 5008 Criminal Justice Theory
CCJ 6061 Criminological Theory
CCJ 6704 Research Methodology
CCJ 6705 Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data
Select One:
CCJ 5006 Criminal Justice Administration
CCJ 6745 Policing and Society
CJC 6021 Penology
CJL 6521 Courts and Society

Department Contact

Hasan Buker
Associate Professor, and Chair
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
(850) 474-2707

Catalog Description
Department's Website

Students have the option of choosing between two tracks for their course of study. The first option requires an internship; the second option requires completion of an area paper completed under the supervision of a criminal justice faculty member.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Students can also earn an optional concentration certificate in social work, public administration, homeland security, or education by completing at least 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in one of those fields. The concentration certificates are designed to allow students to tailor their criminal justice graduate degree to their desired academic and career goals.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field from an accredited institution. In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, 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 tests: GRE (Verbal and Quantitative score) or MAT
• Undergraduate cumulative GPA 
• Academic preparation as demonstrated by quality and relevance of undergraduate degree major
• Submission of a personal statement written by the applicant, which outlines his/her future career goals in criminal justice and how the degree will help them to achieve the goals. Additional contents of the statement 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.

Application Deadlines

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


Download the Criminal Justice Academic Learning Plan: Criminal-Justice-ALP (PDF)
Download the Criminal Justice Curriculum Map: Criminal-Justice-CMGR (PDF) 

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