Graduate Program (M.S. Justice Studies)

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The Department of Justice Studies at San José State University, California (USA) offers a full-time two-year or part‐time three‐year Master's Program flyer(pdf)

Located in the heart of the Silicon Valley, 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.

Alessandro DeGiorgi received his PhD in Criminology from Keele University (United Kingdom) in 2005. Before joining the Department of Justice Studies in 2007, he was a research fellow in Criminology at the University of Bologna (Italy) and a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society (University of California, Berkeley). Alessandro De Giorgi is member of the Law & Society Association, the American Sociological Association, and the American Society of Criminology.