M.S. Criminology - Concentration in Global Criminology

M.S. Criminology - Concentration in Global CriminologyProgram 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 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 December 1, 2017 for admission to the Spring 2018 semester, and June 1, 2018 for admission to Fall 2018 cohort. Please visit Graduate Admissions 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 item. Reference to a "Document Deadline" should be disregarded. Once required material is submitted, you are finished applying.

Graduate Coordinator - Dr. Claudio Vera Sanchez

Dr. Claudio Vera SanchezDr. 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).


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. The graduate coordinator will assist you with any issues.

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

Spring 2018 

JS 273, International Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency

JS 269, Cyber Forensics

Summer 2018

JS 267, Crime & Gender Around the World

JS 270A, Global Terrorism

Future Tentative Schedules

Fall 2018

JS 271, International Human Rights

JS 272, Policing in Global Contexts

JS 265, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

JS 266, Applied Research Methods and Statistics

Spring 2019

JS 268, Immigration and International Law

JS JS 274, Applied Project

JS 273, International Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency

JS 269, Cyber Forensics

*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.

Special Session Program Fees for MS Criminology
$600 per unit, $ 1,800 per course, or $18,000.00 for total degree (2 years)

Special Session fees are due within 21 days of registration for Spring and Fall. In Summer, fees are due within 15 days.  Go to my.sjsu.edu, log on, and look under Self Service / Campus Finances for the option to pay fees. All the necessary information to pay fees is there.

Applicants, admitted students, and continuing students are responsible for checking their MySJSU accounts daily to review all areas of their accounts (Finances, Payment Due Dates, Holds, Messages,To-do and Enrollment Dates), for status updates, communications and due dates from Financial Aid, the Bursar, Registrar, iSchool student services and instructors. A Student Center Overview tutorial is available.

At Fees are paid to Cashiering Services, a part of the Bursar's Office. Late payment of fees may result in being removed from classes. Due dates are provided at the time of registration. Locate payment due dates in the Finances section of your MySJSU account. The university sends no bills. The university charges a $25.00 per class late fee for classes added after the close of advanced registration.

Methods of Payment

The SJSU Bursar’s Office accepts the following methods of online payment:

  • eCheck (no fee)
  • Credit Card (non-refundable 2.75% service charge)
  • International Wire Transfer (There is no fee charged by either the University or per transfer for international wire transfers. However, the bank you use to send the wire transfer will probably charge a fee, so check with that bank for the fee schedule.)

For step-by-step instructions on how to pay online, see How to Make an Online Payment [PDF].

Online payment transactions must be completed by 11:50 p.m. on the Payment Due Date to avoid enrollment cancelation.

Problems with Fees 

The Justice Studies Department does not have access to your financial records in MySJSU and cannot view your payment due dates or financial aid award information. If you have any problems regarding fees, please contact your Account Specialist in the Bursar's Office.  Please include Student ID, Student name and Department name, Justice Studies.

Financial aid information: Contact Carol Garcia(link sends e-mail) in the SJSU Financial Aid Office at 408-924-6081.

Installment payment For Special Session, students who wish to sign-up for the payment plan, please contact the Bursar's Office via e-mail at bursar@sjsu.edu(link sends e-mail) or by phone at 408-924-1601 and your inquiry will be directed to an Account Specialist.

Refund information for Special Session: Students should check the Professional Degree Program FAQs page or phone 408-924-2670 for refund policy information.  To receive a full refund, special session students must drop before the first day of classes. 


Online Master's Program, Special Session or Self-Support

The MS Criminology - Concentration in Global Criminology is a Special Session program. Special Session programs are supported by fees based on the cost of delivering the courses (e.g., salaries, technology infrastructure, administrative costs). The State of California does not provide funds to support Special Session classes. On the other hand, Special Session students are not required to pay SJSU campus mandatory fees that must be paid by Regular Session students (with the assumption that they will not be using student services or gaining benefits provided students on campus). The College of International and Extended Studies administers Special Session programs. Please visit their FAQs page for helpful information.