Criminology and Criminal Justice

Advance your career with a Michigan graduate degree from University of Michigan-Dearborn in the rapidly growing criminal justice profession.

Faculty, who are experts in their field, developed the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice to prepare students for research, management and policy positions or continuation into a Ph.D. program.

This flexible degree program is 30-31 credits and provides a thesis and non-thesis option, while offering traditional, evening and online courses. Public safety professionals from partnering organizations may quality for a scholarship valued at 20 percent of tuition and fees through our community service personnel scholarship program. 

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
  • Completion of the following courses or equivalent:
    • CRJ 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • CRJ 468 Criminology
    • CRJ 416 Criminal Law

Applicants who meet the GPA requirement but lack one or more required courses may be admitted conditionally with the permission of the Program Director. These course deficiencies may be completed concurrently with graduate courses in the program upon Program Director approval.

Community Service Personnel Scholarships

The University of Michigan-Dearborn provides a scholarship valued at 20% of tuition and fees for public safety employees at partnering organizations.  The scholarship is available for degree-seeking students and can be used for undergraduate and graduate programs.

Accelerated Program: 4+1

The 4+1 accelerated program option allows current UM-Dearborn undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice majors to complete both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice in a format that offers substantial savings in both time and money. This is achieved by a double-counting allowance of up to 15 credits or 5 graduate level (500-level or above) courses. One additional year of graduate work (15-16 credits) would be needed to complete the Master's program enabling students to earn two degrees in a total of five years. 

Participation in the 4+1 program is limited to students who have completed at least 60 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Admission to the 4+1 program is at the discretion of the Program Director and requires an admission interview. The "regular" online graduate application should be completed with a "Yes" response to the 4+1 accelerated program question. The only supplemental application materials required for 4+1 applicants are a personal statement describing career goals and a resume.

Once admitted to the 4+1 program, the student must attain a grade of B- or better in each 500 level class elected.  Failure to do so may result in removal from the 4+1 program.  

For additional information, please see the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice website or call 313-583-6321.

Specific Course Requirements

Core Courses
CRJ 518CJ Research Methods 1, 23
or PADM 580 Info Sys and Stats for Admin
CRJ 553Sociology of Law 13
or PADM 505 Intro to Pub & Non-Prof Admin
CRJ 565Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz3
CRJ 570Current Issues in Crim Justice3
or CRJ 515 Restorative Justice
CRJ 588Criminal Procedure3
PADM 561Organization Dev and Theory 13
Elective Courses
Select three courses from the following:9
Intel and Homeland Security
Civil Rights and Liberties
Restorative Justice
Gender Roles
Marriage and Family Problems
Sociology of Law
Law and Culture
Drugs, Alcohol, and Society
Juvenile Delinquency
Current Issues in Crim Justice
Legal Ethics
Leadership and Administration
Administrative Law
Admin of Financial Resources 1
Strat Planning/Needs Assessmnt
Policy Analysis & Development
Program Evaluation
Master's Essay or Master's Thesis
Select one of the following options:3-4
CRJ Master's Essay 3
CRJ Thesis 4
Total Credit Hours30-31