Master of Science


Criminal Justice


Students in the Master’s in Criminal Justice program are grounded in the latest criminal justice theories and learn how these affect each individual or organization within the system. Our students gain an understanding of complex issues and problems faced by the criminal justice system – regardless of geographic locale – to become informed and innovative leaders as they join the workforce.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must submit:

  • Official transcripts (with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 credit hours or cumulative)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A goal statement indicating the applicant’s expectations of the program and how the degree will enhance their career
  • A professional resume (no longer than two pages)

Admission to this graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for “provisional” admission. It is suggested that applicants submit a competitive GRE score to be consider under this special admission category. Capacity is limited, and only students with complete applications (final transcript, resume, letters of recommendation, statement of career goals) will be reviewed.

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Summer: April 1
  • Spring: December 1


Students in the program complete seven core courses (21 credit hours), two restricted electives (six credit hours) and three general elective courses (nine credit hours). Courses include:

  • The Nature of Crime
  • Data Analysis I in Criminal Justice
  • Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Organizations
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law and Social Control

To view the complete program of study, visit the UCF Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Assistantships

The department offers several graduate assistantship opportunities for students to engage in teaching or research during their graduate studies. Applications submitted throughout the academic year are evaluated in early spring. Students who wish to apply for an assistantship must submit:

  • Transcripts (minimum 3.0 GPA)
  • GRE scores (even though not required for admission)
  • A goal statement, resume and letters of recommendation