Criminology & Criminal Justice, MS

Master of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 36
    Credits
  • $375.00
    In-State
  • $617.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Science (MS) degree program is designed for professional practitioners in the field of criminal justice. The program emphasizes crime and criminal justice research, theory, planning and administration. 

Students choose the online Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS because:

  • The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized leader in the scientific study of the causes of crime and criminal justice system responses.
  • Faculty are subject matter experts in youth and adult victimization, correctional excellence, policing and global terrorism among other critical areas of criminal justice.
  • A professionally oriented master's degree can help students advance their careers, improve their professional skills and develop new competencies.
  • Students gain knowledge in areas such as law, political science and sociology leading to a well-rounded education.
  • Online courses provide students with more flexibility and control over their schedule and students can complete the degree as quickly as 18 months.

Faculty experts partner with criminal justice agencies and community organizations to generate solutions to crime in communities and enhance criminal justice policies and practices. Faculty research projects are supported through federal funding agencies such as the National Institute of Justice, as well as state and local partners.

At UNO, students actively collaborate to enhance their understanding of the causes and correlates of crime, the criminal justice response to crime, and contribute to the developing scientific knowledge by creating more effective solutions to enhance community safety.

Career Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts sustained growth in the field of criminal justice, a field that is extremely diverse. The annual median salary for Police and Detectives was $61,600 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. On the other hand, the job outlook for Forensic Science Technicians was growing at 17% which is much faster than average. The continual demand for professionals in this field will guarantee graduates a job post-graduation.

This program is ideal for professionals working in professions such as:

  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Police Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Judge
  • Correctional Officer
  • Private Detective
  • Computer Forensics Investigator
  • Governmental Agent
  • Paralegal

Admissions and Requirements

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:

  1. Complete and submit the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRCJ 8020Seminar in Administration of Justice3
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
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
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.
CRCJ 8010Nature of Crime3
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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRCJ 8020Seminar in Administration of Justice3
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
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
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.
CRCJ 8010Nature of Crime3
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.

Other Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CRCJ 8020Seminar in Administration of Justice3
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
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
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.
CRCJ 8010Nature of Crime3
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.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$375.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$427.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1125.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$1281.75

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$617.00
Fees
$52.25
Total
$669.25

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1851.00
Fees
$156.75
Total
$2007.75
Julie Campbell, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Associate Professor

Julie Campbell has played a pivotal role in the collaboration of criminal justice programs across the University of Nebraska campuses. Her leadership has led to programs that draw from the strengths of the Kearney, Lincoln and Omaha campuses. U.S. News & World Report, Military Times and other notable organizations have recognized these programs for excellence

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 15
  • Summer SemesterMay 01
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