Welcome to Criminal Justice Graduate Studies and Research at EKU!

Our graduate programs in the School of Justice Studies offer a rigorous and high quality course of instruction that includes a range of relevant and intellectually engaging courses taught by leading academics in the field of crime and justice studies. We’ve been educating graduate students for over 30 years, and our 23 full-time graduate faculty have a wealth of experience both in academe and in the field.

Our program provides a unique level of support and unmatched learning experience. Here are the top eleven reasons to consider EKU’s Justice Studies’ graduate offerings.

  1. Due to being designated a Program of Distinction by the state of Kentucky, we are able to award up to 20 research assistant positions – more than any other master’s program in the country.  These generous awards provide a full 2 years worth of funding, tution waivers, and unparalleled financial support for travel to conferences and conducting research.
  2. We have an extremely low professor to student classroom ratio, resulting in an intimate and quality learning experience. Most on-campus courses have between 6-8 students; and our online classes rarely exceed 20.
  3. Our faculty are highly accomplished researchers and book authors.  Their scholarly accomplishments are unmatched by any stand-alone Master's program, and exceed or are on par with most doctoral programs.  However, our first priority at EKU is quality teaching.  We take seriously the idea of fully integrating this cutting-edge knowledge into the classroom.  View our faculty profiles here!
  4. Student-Faculty collaborative research, and even publishing, is encouraged and a common practice in our program. Close partnerships between faculty and graduate students are the cornerstone of the EKU graduate experience.
  5. We have a unique identity - which centers around critical thinking, grounded research, and relevant scholarship - that distinguishes us from most Master's programs.  Our recommended degree specializations illustrate this well
  6. We have a vibrant Graduate Student Association that includes representation at our graduate faculty meetings.
  7. The students in our program are a complimentary blend of both in-service professionals and traditional graduate students. This helps to create a stimulating learning environment.
  8. Our program has a combination of both seasoned and new faculty providing a healthy blend of both experience and enthusiasm.
  9. We provide numerous opportunities outside the classroom including paid academic conference trips, paid research positions on faculty grants, and a series of special lectures and guests from well-known academics and activists.
  10. A high percentage of our graduates receive full funding in our field’s leading doctoral programs, and others find rewarding careers in a diverse range of crime and justice professions.  It is our goal to insure students pursue their passion.
  11. The staff in the School of Justice Graduate Studies and Research office (Tina Clark and Amy Eades) are responsive, always friendly, and very good at what they do. They are a great resource for our graduate students in both the on-campus and online programs.

Thank you for considering our graduate program, and please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  Contacts for each graduate program and for the Chair of Graduate Studies are listed below: