Masters of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology program, offered jointly with the Department of Sociology, offers students a unique opportunity to integrate knowledge from the fields of sociology, criminology and criminal justice. The program emphasizes research methods and theoretical perspectives in criminal justice and criminology with substantive course work in international criminal justice, social control systems and criminal justice policy.

Students earning a MCJC undertake a course of study that prepares them to teach at the community college level or engage in criminal justice research in government or non-profit agencies; it also prepares them for further academic work in a doctoral degree program; or to work in the field of criminal justice as a researcher or policy analyst.

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MCJC Degree Requirements

Steps to Apply

  1. 1. Apply to the University via Cal State Apply (before February 1, 2025).
    • An SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.
  2. Send transcripts to Graduate Admissions (before March 1, 2025).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Send to:
      Graduate Admissions
      San Diego State University
      5500 Campanile Drive
      San Diego, CA 92182-7416
  3. Visit Interfolio Apply Now and look for our department (Public Affairs) where you will upload the following (before March 1, 2025).
    • View and download the Graduate Applicant Guide
    • For assistance with Interfolio, please call their help desk at 877-997-8807.
  4. Upload Letters of Recommendation (two letters from professors, employers, or other familiar with your abilities and accomplishments).
  5. Unofficial Transcripts.
  6. Current Résumé
  7. Upload Personal Statement (500 word essay about your professional and educational goals).
    • In a statement of about 500 words, discuss your background and general interest, give your reasons for choosing the Masters of Science in Criminal Justice, and include your professional aspirations and any special area of interest in planning.

International applicants are welcome and should visit this site for more direction on submitting your applications.

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