M.S. Criminology - Concentration in Global Criminology

Online Master's Program, Special Sessions Self-Support


Program Description

The Department of Justice Studies at San José State University offers an online Master of Science in Criminology with a Concentration in Global Criminology designed to adapt to the ever-changing environment of the justice and legal systems, and the discipline of criminology. It uniquely combines advanced study of contemporary international crime and the various responses to crime around the globe with analytic and research techniques used by advanced scholars. It provides an international comparative curriculum that develops analytical skills, understanding of legal concepts, theoretical competency, and abilities to apply criminology in practical ways. It aims to equip graduates with a truly global outlook on crime and criminal justice, a commitment to international justice, and professional competencies to apply practices from around the globe to meet the particular needs of their communities.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of a Master of Science in Criminology, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills needed to pursue advanced professional responsibilities or PhDs in criminology-related areas.
  2. Discuss ways that the field of criminology explains crime and reactions to crime at the individual level and in local communities, organizations, and institutions.
  3. Articulate scholarly-grounded perspectives on issues of crime and justice through academic, professional and social media.
  4. Employ global perspectives on criminology and concepts of justice to support research- informed solutions to contemporary social problems.
  5. Describe ways to create social change through a critical understanding of the local and global dimensions of crime.
Program Fee
$600 per unit, $ 1,800 per course, or $18,000.00 for total degree (2 years)
Program Admission Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree from accredited four-year college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units/credits of coursework
  • A general understanding of computers and technology, access to a computer with Internet
  • International applicants only: TOEFL score of 550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based), 80 (Internet Based)
Applying for Admission

An electronic application must be submitted to Cal State Apply (The California State University application portal) by May 31, 2017. Please visit Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations for information on completing the application process. Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $55 will be accepted by credit card or paypal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application.

Please note that applicants do not have to submit a statement of purpose for this program, and applicants may write "N/A" or "not applicable" in the text box for the statement and move on to the next page.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of SJSU Graduate Policies and Procedures.

Each student must take a core curriculum of 15 units (JS 265, 266, 271, 272, and 273). Elective courses must be 200-level courses in the department. Subject to graduate coordinator approval, two graduate courses in other departments or programs may be taken as electives, if the student demonstrates their relevance to the student's program of study and/or career goals. Undergraduate courses may not count toward the 30 units of required graduate course work. Students who are academically or administratively disqualified from the program will generally not be readmitted.

Core,15 Units: Units 
JS 265, Comparative Criminal Justice systems 3
JS 266, Applied Research Methods and Statistics 3
JS 271, International Human Rights  3
JS 272, Policing in Global Contexts 3
JS 273, International Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency 3
Concentration, 12 Units:  
JS 267: Crime and Gender Around the World 3
JS 268: Immigration and International Law 3
JS 269: Cyber Forensics 3
JS 270A: Global Terrorism 3
Culminating Experience, 3 units:  
JS 274: Applied Project 3
Total Degree 30 


Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy (Approval of Degree Plan)

For Advancement to candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Criminology, Concentration in Global Criminology, students must meet the general university requirements for admission to candidacy outlined in the Academic Regulations section of the SJSU catalog.

The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. JS 265 has been designated the GWAR course for this degree program.

Fall 2017 Class Schedule*

JS 265, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems -- August 23 - October 13, 2017

JS 266, Applied Research Methods and Statistics -- October 16 - December 11, 2017

*MS Criminology courses do not have a day/time pattern. They will be asychronous, allowing students to engage courses at days/times that better fit their schedule.