Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Located in the heart of Detroit, Wayne State's Department of Criminal Justice offers a comprehensive and flexible master's degree focusing on a broad range of justice issues, emphasizing both the problem of crime and the criminal justice system's response. Applicants for the master of science in criminal justice also have the option to complete the degree fully online.


Our curriculum provides an integrated appreciation of crime and justice in contemporary society. Here, you'll learn the latest evidence-based practices to reduce crime and promote justice. Our program will also develop your analytic skill-set to prepare you for a career in today's leading agencies.  

Small classes with students from various backgrounds help to deepen the dialogue in the classroom. Our students benefit from studying alongside traditional graduate students, professionals working in the field, advocacy-oriented students, and those preparing for doctoral studies. Our working relationships with local agencies provide opportunities for student research and networking.

For more information on the benefits of earning a master's degree visit, mastersincriminaljustice.org.

Online degree program

Wayne State's online master's degree in criminal justice provides students with the ability to advance their career and academic credentials while taking courses that fit into hectic work schedules and lifestyles.

Applicants for the master of science in criminal justice have the option to complete the degree fully online. And, by taking just two courses per semester, year-round, students can complete the masters in less than two years. The online program is identical to our traditional classroom-based program and focuses on a broad range of criminal justice issues, emphasizing both the problem of crime and the criminal justice system's response to it.

Students learn the latest evidence-based practices for crime control, how to understand and interpret data and how to find resources to implement innovative methods. Students in the online master's program enjoy the benefit of basic in-state tuition, regardless of the state in which they reside.