Joint Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor

An admissions moratorium is currently in effect for this program.

Wayne State's Joint Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Juris Doctor (M.S./J.D.) program equips students with knowledge and competence in both law and criminal justice for professional work where legal issues intersect with matters of crime and justice. The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Wayne Law offers a concurrent degree program in law and criminal justice.


To receive the master of science (M.S.) degree in the joint J.D./M.S. in criminal justice degree program, the student must complete:

  • CRJ core course requirements, modified to include: Contemporary Criminal Justice (CRJ 7010), Research Methods (CRJ 7860), Data Management and Analysis in Criminal Justice (CRJ 7400), and Master's Essay Direction (CRJ 7999) (13 credits)
  • Criminal justice electives limited to 7000 level CRJ courses (nine credits)
  • Law school courses from the approved list (10 credits), that apply toward the M.S. degree
  • Receive J.D. degree from Wayne State University Law School

Note: Up to four criminal justice courses are applied toward a student's satisfaction of the Law School's elective credits. In effect, nine additional credits (three courses) beyond the 86 credits required for the J.D. degree are necessary to complete the M.S. degree in criminal justice.

M.S. in criminal justice graduate courses are available online or in traditional classes.


  • Criminal justice

    The following criminal justice courses will ordinarily count toward a student's J.D. degree:

    Course Title Credits
    CRJ 7010 Contemporary Criminal Justice [core/required] 3
    CRJ 7020 The Nature of Crime 3
    CRJ 7200 Public Policy and Criminal Justice 3
    CRJ 7220 Delinquency and Justice 3
    CRJ 7230 Policing and Society 3
    CRJ 7240 Corrections 3
    CRJ 7400 Data Management and Analysis in Criminal Justice [core/required] 3
    CRJ 7405 Wrongful Conviction 3
    CRJ 7860 Research Methods in Criminal Justice [core/required] 3
    CRJ 7990 Directed Study 3
    CRJ 7995 Special Topics in Criminal Justice and Criminology 3
    CRJ 7999 Master's Essay Direction [core/required] 3
  • Law

    The following Law School courses will count toward a student's M.S. (criminal justice) degree:

    Course Title Credits
    CRJ 6300 Criminal Law 3
    CRJ 7075 Child Abuse and Neglect 2
    CRJ 7112 Comparative Criminal Procedure 2-3
    CRJ 7160 Criminal Pre-Trial Advocacy 3
    CRJ 7230 Criminal Pre-Trial Advocacy 3
    CRJ 7161 Criminal Procedure: Investigation 3
    CRJ 7166 Criminal Procedure: Adjudication 3
    CRJ 7413 International Prosecution of State Actors 3
    CRJ 7435 Juvenile Delinquency 2
    CRJ 7941 White Collar Crime 3
    CRJ 8043 Criminal Law: Advanced Topics Seminar 3
    CRJ 8044 Advanced Topics in Criminal Law and Procedure 3
    CRJ 8101 Family Violence: Seminar 3
    CRJ 8280 National Security Law Seminar 3
    CRJ 8505 Criminal Justice Externship Practicum 2
    CRJ 8506 Criminal Justice Externship: Colloquium 2
    CRJ 8601 Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic 3

Tuition note

M.S. courses that do not count toward the J.D. degree are charged at the lower Graduate School tuition rate rather than the Law School tuition rate.

Joint degree students are eligible for Criminal Justice/Graduate School scholarships and for compensated positions as Graduate Teaching Assistant or research assistant positions.

Timelines for degree completion

It is possible to complete the C.J. degree within the time in which a law student completes the law degree by taking M.S. courses in the summer. The M.S. degree can also easily be completed within a year after graduating with the J.D. degree.

Time limit for degree

All M.S. course work including the master's essay must be completed within six years commencing from the first term in which a grade is recorded for graduate coursework.


The Justice Scholars Program in Criminal Justice covers all tuition and fees for two master's students per year.

Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree

For more information about the J.D. portion of the J.D./M.S. in criminal justice program, contact Academic Affairs at or 313-577-3997.

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