College of Professional & International Education

Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The application deadline for Fall 2020 is May 31, 2020.

Since the 1980s, the need for law enforcement and correctional staff has increased dramatically. As many baby boomer practitioners approach retirement, there will be an increasing demand for criminal justice professionals at all levels. Law enforcement and correctional agencies are placing a high priority on the professional development of their workforce. Those who have earned a master’s degree will have a competitive edge in the job market and will be more likely to be promoted within their agency.

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management and the College of Professional and International Education have joined efforts to offer a fully online, accelerated program that will culminate in a Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSCCJ). The MSCCJ program at CSULB was recently named one of the Best Online Programs in 2019 according to U.S. News & World Report. Ranked in the Top 30 of the magazine’s Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Programs list, the MSCCJ program’s selection was based on high performance across indicators of excellence including student engagement, student services and technology, admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and training, and peer reputation.

The online, accelerated MSCCJ is designed for busy, working professionals who seek to earn a master's degree in a flexible and accelerated format. This program will expand and increase individual competency, develop and mature thought processes, aid in gaining insights into professional leadership and knowledge, permit an exchange between students and faculty, and further the spirit of research and scholarship to enhance professional and personal development. The curriculum offers a balance of theory and practical application that will prove to be challenging to students and useful in the field. This program provides the requisite knowledge for individuals to be competitive for administrative positions in law-enforcement, the courts, corrections, private security, and probation and parole. It is also suitable for those who seek research positions in criminal justice agencies or community college teaching positions.