Grand Valley State University's Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice is offered through the School of Criminal Justice in the College of Community and Public Service. The program prepares graduate students to become highly capable additions to the justice system, and is designed to prepare those students who are planning to pursue doctoral degrees.

The Master of Criminal Justice degree program includes 18 hours of required courses, 15-18 hours of guided electives, and an option to choose between a comprehensive exam and a six-hour thesis requirement. In addition, those without work experience in criminal justice or private security are strongly encouraged to take a three-hour graduate internship course.

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Leaders. Graduates are prepared as highly capable criminal justice leaders, planners, activists, and academicians who continuously improve the criminal justice system and profession.

Interdisciplinary. Courses are designed to meet the needs of scholars, managers and administrators in law enforcement, adult corrections, juvenile justice, and private security.

Comprehensive. The curriculum encompasses applied concepts of ethics, political and social justice, historical analysis of institutions and policy, leadership and management, theories, and research.


The Criminal Justice M.S. admission requirements and application for admission are available online.

The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley.

Courses Offered

The Criminal Justice, M.S. program is a minimum of 33-36 credits.

See the full course list.