Criminal Justice


The MSCJ is an ideal program for traditional students and professionals in the field of criminal justice who aspire to further their education beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program includes face-to-face and some online course instructional formats. Face-to-face courses currently meet at or after 5 P.M. Students have the option of either choosing the thesis option (33 total credit hours) or non-thesis/ demonstration project option (36 total credit hours). For selected students, there may also be the opportunity to do a graduate research assistantship (GRA) with a faculty member. The GRA typically carries both a semester stipend and a tuition credit. Importantly, the program provides an overall focused and interactive educational experience designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills in criminal justice administration, including critical thinking and communication, as well as in relevant technologies and information sources. For example, the program has possible elective courses in CJ Policy Analysis/ Crime Prevention and Strategic Planning.   Additional elective coursework is available in the area of global criminal justice.  The program also provides students an opportunity to understand and address the significance of cultural diversity within the criminal justice context. These attributes are essential for success in contemporary criminal justice agencies and in relevant private sector organizations both in Georgia and elsewhere. Students will also be prepared for further graduate study should they choose to pursue this option.


This program accepts applications in the Fall and Spring.  Deadline for Fall is July 1 and the deadline for Spring is November 1.

See the list of available start terms and document deadlines here. Please note that completed applications and all required credentials must be submitted by the posted deadline.


  • Online Graduate Application - There is a non-refundable $60 application fee.
  • Transcripts - Official transcripts from EACH College and/or University you have attended.  Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
  • Application Letter ( can be uploaded to the online application ) - Should state your interest in and goals for the MS in Criminal Justice program, including reasons for why/how this program will meet your professional or academic needs (Note: If the applicant has a record of work experience in the criminal justice field, the applicant should explain in the letter the type and length of the experience, his or her work-related promotions and achievements, and skills/ knowledge acquired.)
  • Resume - can be uploaded to the online application
  • Letters of Recommendation (Two) (Can be sent electronically through the online application). Notes: Letters should be from academics/ former professors. One letter could be from a work supervisor if the applicant has numerous years of work experience in the criminal justice field.
  • GRE Score Report - Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary.
    ***Important Note***: GRE Score Report NOT needed if applicant has one of the following other records of external validation: (1) Record of successful academic performance such as undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above; *OR* (2) Demonstrated record of successful work experience in the criminal justice field for a period of four (4) or more years. [Note: For examples of qualifying types of work experience, see “Admissions Criteria” document on MSCJ Resources Page ---


Program Director: Dr. Christopher Totten
Program Office:  470-578-4413;
Program Website: