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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

THE PROGRAM

Program Overview

Criminology/Criminal Justice is one of the most rapidly growing disciplines in higher education today. Public concerns about crime, and the dramatic expansion of the criminal justice system in recent decades, have spurred a proliferation of courses in this field in colleges across the country. Jobs that did not exist at all two decades ago, such as victim advocates or police computer mapping specialists, continue to develop. There is a growing demand for persons with graduate level education in all sectors of the system. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice at UNF provides an opportunity for advanced academic work in this expanding field of study. 

 

As a discipline, criminal justice draws together all the social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, history, law and jurisprudence to focus on the problem of crime in society. The graduate program at UNF builds upon the unifying interdisciplinary nature of the field it seeks to address.

 

Furthermore, the program at UNF is vitally concerned with the interrelationship between theory, practice, and research, based on the firm conviction that none of these can stand alone. Sound practice requires a firm theoretical and research base, while advances in theory and research arise from the realities of practice. The program emphasizes the acquisition of professional skills that will enable students to keep abreast of research and developments in the field long after they have completed their formal studies.

ADMISSIONS

Application Information

How to:  

Application Requirement Information

International Applicant Requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . August 1

Spring Term . . . . . December 1

Summer Term . . . March 15

The following must be submitted by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been cancelled, the applicant will be required to apply for the next available term, or as a graduate non-degree seeking applicant (limitations apply).

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared 
  • All of the below university and program requirements 

Admission Requirements

University requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 

  • Official transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended.

University requirements:

  • Letter of intent
    • Describe academic and relevant employment experiences;
    • Areas of interest in the field;
    • Reasons for seeking a MSCJ degree
  • Two letters of recommendation

INFORMATION

Curriculum and Requirements

Total Program
Credit Hours

33-39

Average Length
of the Program

2 years

Approximate Enrollment

57

Community Connections

Faculty-facilitated and student-directed community-based research; community-based thesis work and practica; community-based faculty-funded research and publishing opportunities; career enhancement for in-field professionals.

Career Possibilities

Graduate Program Director & Advising Coordinator

Dr. Holly Miller

Associate Professor

holly.miller@unf.edu

(904) 620-3879

Building 51 , Room 2124