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Criminology & Criminal Justice, MS

Master of Science

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $346.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $583.00

Earn your degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha

Get the same diploma as on campus students

The online Masters of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice degree is a terminal non-thesis degree designed to meet the needs of professional practitioners in the field of criminal justice. The online MS in Criminology and Criminal Justice emphasizes crime and criminal justice research, theory, planning and administration. 

This program has been ranked by US News and World Report for excellence in online education
Lisa Sample, PhD
Professor & Masters Program Chair

Lisa Sample’s research interests include criminal and juvenile justice policy, including juvenile and criminal justice sentencing disparities, drug control policies, prison re-entry programs and sex offender behavior and policies.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Taken the TOEFL or IELTS

    (Only required if English is not your native language)

  4. A written personal statement

    Discuss reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, interests in the field, and career goals for the future.

  5. 2 letters of recommendation

  6. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
August 1
Spring Semester
December 15
Summer Semester
May 1

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRCJ 8010Nature of Crime3

Course Number: CRCJ 8010

This course provides an overview of the major dimensions of crime in the U.S. Content areas included are the epidemiology of crime, the costs of crime and typologies of crime and criminals. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8020Seminar in Administration of Justice3

Course Number: CRCJ 8020

This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of responses to crime. Particular emphasis is placed on theory and research bearing upon the effectiveness of the policies and strategies of the principal institutions of the criminal justice system - the police, courts and corrections. Additionally, philosophical and practical matters pertaining to "justice" and "fairness" in the administration of the criminal law are explored. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8030Criminial Justice Research Theory and Methodology3

Course Number: CRCJ 8030

Research theory and methodology in the social sciences as applicable to criminal justice; preparation of research designs, conceptual models; sampling procedures; and development of individual research papers. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8950Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice and Public Administration3

Course Number: CRCJ 8950

This is a required course which provides a foundation for the use of statistical methods in criminal justice and public affairs research. It will review fundamentals of research, showing the interplay between the theory, the research, the statistical method, and the interpretation. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program. Not open to nondegree students.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRCJ 8040Seminar in Police and Society3

Course Number: CRCJ 8040

This course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are discussed. Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to the UNO graduate program and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8050Seminar in Corrections3

Course Number: CRCJ 8050

This course is designed to give an analytical perspective to the history, development, implementation and future of critical issues in the field of corrections. Primary focus will be directed toward an exploration of the various theoretical approaches to corrections and the research intended to support or refute these perspectives. Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to the UNO graduate program and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8130Seminar in Women and Criminal Justice3

Course Number: CRCJ 8130

This course focuses on the experiences of women in the criminal justice system. It will cover the history of criminological theory on women, application of mainstream criminological theory to women, and women as offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system

CRCJ 8190Independent Study1-3

Course Number: CRCJ 8190

Individual projects in research, literature review or creative production which may or may not be an extension of course work. The work will be supervised and evaluated by departmental graduate faculty members. Prereq: Admission to graduate program at UNO, and permission of instructor required. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8230Terrorism3

Course Number: CRCJ 8230

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of law enforcement and corrections. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 8800Special Problems in Criminal Justice3

Course Number: CRCJ 8800

A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of criminal justice philosophy. This course looks at philosophical issues related to social control. The purpose of this course is to foster a deeper understanding of the reasons, jutifications, and problems related to societal approaches to the control of its citizens. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.

CRCJ 9030Seminar on Minorities and the Criminal Justice System3

Course Number: CRCJ 9030

This is a required course which introduces students to current empirical research and theory on racial minorities and the criminal justice system. It focuses on racial minorities as victims of crime, as offenders, and as criminal justice professionals

Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $346.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $398.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1038.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1194.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $583.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $635.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1749.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1905.75

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