Master'sCriminal Justice

Wichita State's Master of Arts (MA) in criminal justice combines quality curriculum in theory and practice, a flexible online option—and a new location within the Law Enforcement Training Center on WSU's Innovation Campus. Graduates are well prepared for positions in criminal justice system practice, management, policymaking, as well as in research, teaching and further study in law and other areas.

Learn how Criminal Justice is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

In addition to WSU Grad School admission requirements, applicants must:

  • Have a bachelor's degree and minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from professional references who can speak to the applicant's background and potential success in the master's program
  • Submit a letter of intent: a brief autobiographical statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to academic and professional work in criminal justice

For additional admission details, click on the link below.

Inside the Program

Law Enforcement Training Center benefits students, community

The Law Enforcement Training Center provides an unprecedented experience for students in WSU's Criminal Justice Program. 

Students benefit from a close relationship with law enforcement, including internships, co-op positions and applied learning opportunities. 

The state-of-the-art facility includes training space and classrooms for the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Department, Wichita Police Department and criminal justice students.


The program consists of 36 credit hours at the 500-level or above, including 24 credit hours of electives. You'll complete four core courses and also choose from electives based on your interests and career goals.


A degree in criminal justice from Wichita State will give you an edge with a diverse range of employers, including local, state and federal law enforcement; courts and correctional agencies; juvenile justice; private security; and related fields.

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