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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.

How much will it cost?
Wichita State Online students pay in-state tuition regardless of where they live. The cost of tuition varies depending on degree, credits, and courses. Visit the tuition page for more information.
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

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 Application and Admission Requirements

Application Deadline
  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1
Admission Requirements

Please view admission materials on the link provided below.

MA in Criminal Justice

How to Apply
  • All WSU Graduate School applications must be completed online. Once you have created an account and have selected your choice of study, you will be prompted to provide required application material.

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