M.A. in Criminal Justice (Online)

The Online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to serve the growing number of individuals in the criminal justice system who desire postbaccalaureate education, as well as those in more traditional public and private employment who may wish to acquire further education in criminal justice.

The Online MA in Criminal Justice Program is identical to the traditional MA in Criminal Justice, except students are not allowed to enroll in the thesis option. All coursework and other requirements are the same. Online students must enroll in the Professional MA in Criminal Justice Program, which is the department's designation for the comprehensive exam requirement.

California State University at San Bernardino is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. This body is responsible for accrediting all colleges and universities in the Western United States. WASC has approved the online program and it is accredited.

The program can serve a variety of student interests. It has been designed with a limited prerequisite requirement to enable students with baccalaureate degrees in related fields such as psychology, administration, anthropology, sociology or social sciences to enroll along with students with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice.

Admission to the M.A. Program

The Graduate Committee cannot act on applications until they have been reviewed by the Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment and have met university admissions requirements. All applications are submitted online through CSUSBMentor, which can be accessed through the CSUSB University website.

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, or in an allied field such as psychology, administration, or another social science, or recommendation for admission to the program by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Competence in the following prerequisite areas: criminological theory, law enforcement, institutional and community corrections, research methods and statistics is expected;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  4. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and 3.0 ("B") in the major;
  5. Submission of any available GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores, in the event the applicant feels that such scores would enhance their chances of admission. Submission of such scores is not mandatory;
  6. Submission to the criminal justice program of three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the student's academic work and potential to complete the program successfully. Letters must come directly from the writer or be included in a placement file, and will be evaluated by criminal justice faculty members.

Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and enrollment is limited.

Admissions Process

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Professional M.A. Option: completed all required course work except Comprehensive Examination;
  3. Completed all course work taken before advancement to candidacy with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B"). Completed all course work with no more than one course with a grade as low as "C". If a second such grade is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program, but may petition the graduate admission committee for readmission. After reviewing the petition, the committee may allow readmision under such conditions as it deems appropriate. A third grade of "C" or lower will result in permanent dismissal from the program with no recourse to petition;
  4. Submitted a formal program of graduate studies to the criminal justice graduate coordinator as approved by the graduate committee. This should be done no later than the end of the second quarter of graduate work;
  5. Petitioned the graduate committee, during the quarter in which all course work is to be completed, for formal advancement. The graduate committee will then consider the student's scholastic performance and other circumstances and either grant advancement to candidacy, specify necessary preparatory studies, or recommend other courses of action.

The graduate committee will then consider the student's scholastic performance and other circumstances and either grant advancement to candidacy, specify necessary preparatory studies, or recommend other courses of action.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 units of acceptable graduate level work, with at least 32 quarter units completed in residence at this university;
  2. Completion of course work and registration in and completion of the comprehensive examination with a grade of credit;
  3. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368 of CSUSB Catalog.

For additional information, please contact the Criminal Justice Department Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Andrea Schoepfer at 909-537-7741 or aschoepf@csusb.edu.

M.A. Degree Requirements

M.A. Course Descriptions