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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Gain the recognition that comes with a degree from one of the nation's oldest criminal justice graduate degree programs founded by renowned police chief and scholar, O.W. Wilson, who is considered one of the most important reformers in American police history.


Earn a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

At Wichita State University criminal justice is viewed as a broad, interdisciplinary study which encompasses the scientific study of crime, criminals, the criminal justice system and the process of law-giving. The Master's program focuses on solid theory and criminal justice practice in the belief that neither stands alone. The integration of theory and practice prepares students for positions in criminal justice system practice, management, policymaking, as well as in research, teaching, and preparation for law school or further graduate study.

Over the years, the Criminal Justice program at Wichita State University has evolved from strictly a police science focus into a program that encompasses the entire criminal justice system. 

Faculty in the program have a national reputation and have conducted research, published books and academic papers in the areas of policing, crime prevention, sexual violence, comparative criminology, human trafficking, cybercrime, racial profiling, terrorism, and corrections.


About the program

The online master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree at Wichita State is a broad, interdisciplinary program that encompasses the scientific study of crime, criminals and the criminal justice system, and the process of law-giving. This master's degree program lays the foundation for doctoral studies or law school.

Full time students could earn their degree in as little as 18 months. Part-time students will take longer to complete their degree. All degree requirements must be completed within 6 years from the date of the first course. To graduate, you must also complete one of three options: a thesis, directed project or additional coursework.

View: MACJ Curriculum

How much will it cost?

$406.94 per credit hour*

*Based on 2019-2020 tuition rates and are subject to change.

What careers could I advance to?

The integration of theory and practice in this program will prepare students for positions in:

  • Management
  • Policy Making
  • Research and Instruction
  • Law Enforcement

View: Jobs in Criminal Justice


 Application and Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
Application Material

Candidates must pay the application fee and submit items listed below on the Graduate School Application Portal:

  • Two professional letters of recommendation acquainted with the applicant’s background 
  • A brief autobiographical statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to academic and professional work in criminal justice.
Application Deadline
  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1

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