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Criminal Justice

Master of Science (M.S.)

Students focus on crime and criminal justice administration from viewpoints grounded in the traditional humanities and the social sciences. Students receive thorough preparation in the arts and sciences as well as the practical knowledge and skills they will need in the criminal justice profession.

Program Overview

The Master of Science in criminal justice (M.S.) degree is designed to prepare students to become highly capable criminal justice leaders, planners, practitioners and academicians who will continually improve the criminal justice system and profession. The program is also designed to prepare those students who are planning to pursue doctoral degrees.


Students study a variety of criminal justice topics, including:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal justice leadership
  • Criminal justice policy
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Research methodology and statistics

Career Options

Graduates find employment in a variety of professions, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Correctional administration
  • Juvenile justice
  • Probation and parole
  • Private security
  • Social services
  • Public administration

Application Deadline

Deadline for fall semester is June 1; winter deadline is November 1. The $30 application fee is waived for undergraduate alumni of Grand Valley. Please visit

Why Study Criminal Justice at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty have practical experience, diverse specialties, strong academic credentials, and a vast knowledge of the criminal justice system.
  • Students receive a challenging, enriching, and applied academic experience.
  • Class sizes are small, students in the program come from various backgrounds, and there are numerous opportunities for students to work one-on-one with professors through graduate assistantships.

For More Information

School of Criminal Justice

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