Master of Science in Criminal Justice


“Everyone in EKU’s criminal justice department truly cared about my well-being and my academic endeavors. The staff and faculty are compassionate and always helpful. I also enjoyed the variety of classes that were offered, and the addition of five new faculty was very refreshing. The students could see their energy and excitement about being there, teaching classes, and involving us in their research. They are a great addition to the faculty and will be an asset for years to come.”

Alyson Kershaw
Criminal Justice Graduate Program 2012 Graduate

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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The on-campus master’s program approaches criminal justice as an academic discipline. Our program’s objectives (listed below) are based upon the assumption that responsible public policy decision-making and meaningful reform require a broad-based academic experience.

This education should foster critical thinking, a strong theoretical foundation, solid research methods skills, real-world knowledge about society and the criminal justice system, and an awareness of the key philosophical principles associated with the administration of justice.

Criminal Justice Program Focus

A central focus of this program is to demonstrate that the problems and issues our society faces with regard to crime, and our reaction to crime, must be situated within a larger cultural and structural context.

It is therefore expected that criminal justice graduates will be:

  1. Conversant with the theoretical and legal principles in criminal justice
  2. Knowledgeable of the essential research contributions in the discipline
  3. Capable of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis appropriate to the discipline
  4. Competent to assume leadership, policymaking, research, and instructional responsibilities in criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking clear admission to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program should:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Achieved a 3.0 grade point average overall or in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Have a combined score of at least 286 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE and an analytical writing score of 4.0 (or a combined score of at least 850 and an analytical writing score of 4.0 under the scoring system in place October 2002-2011)
  • Apply to and meet the admission requirements of the EKU Graduate School
  • Submit a personal statement to the EKU grad school.  Please detail your personal and professional objectives in pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice.  This should include your primary and secondary motivations for pursuing this degree, your educational interests, potential research interests, and what you hope to accomplish.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation directly to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program Coordinator in the College of Justice & Safety. EKU, 467 Stratton, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond, KY 40475.

Probationary admission may be granted to applicants not meeting these conditions but who present additional evidence for successful graduate study.

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