M.S. Justice Studies

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MS - Justice Studies

In-Person Master's Program, Regular Session State Supported

The Department of Justice Studies at San José State University, located in the heart of the Silicon Valley is less than one hour drive from San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The Department of Justice Studies was founded in 1930, and is the oldest degree-granting program in criminal justice in the United States. Over the last 80 years it has undergone significant transformations, but its longstanding reputation of academic excellence continues today, as the Justice Studies program expands to meet the challenges of a global society. 

Faculty in our department are internationally renowned scholars whose research interests include mass-incarceration, urban policing, sexual violence, immigration control, prisoner reentry, juvenile justice, gender and race in crime and punishment, and drug policies. We offer a unique interdisciplinary graduate curriculum drawing upon Criminology, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Law and History. Areas of teaching and research in the Department include criminal justice; law & society; human rights; policy evaluation; critical legal studies; punishment & society; feminist criminology; race theory; law & society, and history. 

The Justice Studies Master’s program prepares graduates for careers in criminal justice administration, research and policy centers, public institutions, community organizations and nonprofit agencies, as well as for doctoral programs and research positions in public agencies.

Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Claudio Vera Sanchez

Dr. Claudio Vera Sanchez

Dr. Vera Sanchez's esearch interests are centered on how Latino and African American juveniles, from underprivileged neighborhoods, are criminalized by both nurturing (e.g., schools) and non-nurturing (e.g., police) institutions. His research interests also involve channeling at-risk Latino and African American youth, some who have been previously gang affiliated, to a path of success (e.g., college).