M.S. Criminology - Concentration in Global Criminology

M.S. Criminology - Concentration in Global Criminology

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.


M.S. Criminology Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Describe ways to create social change through a critical understanding of the local and global dimensions of crime.  
  • Articulate and evaluate scholarly-grounded perspectives on issues of crime and justice, including ways that criminology explains crime and reactions to crime, through academic, professional and social media.
  • Explain theories, assumptions, foundational knowledge, analytical and interpretive protocols, tools, and technologies within the field of criminology at a level demonstrating preparation for advanced professional responsibilities, or pursuing a PhD in criminology-related areas.
  • Demonstrate skills in each step of an investigative, creative, or practical project (e.g., brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing, and communicating) that helps advance understanding of a criminological or related issue.   
  • Employ global perspectives on criminology and concepts of justice to support research-informed solutions to contemporary social problems.

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, 2020 for admission to the Spring 2021 semester, and June 1, 2020 for admission to Fall 2020 cohort. Please visit Graduate Admissions for information on completing the application process. Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $70 will be accepted by credit card or paypal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application. Programs are categorized as "Campus" or "Extended Learning." This MS Criminology-Global Criminology degree program is found in the Extended Learning group. 

Please Note:

  1. Non-US citizens may enroll in this degree program without traveling to the US because this program is offered completely online. Therefore, they do not need an F1 student visa to enroll. Under this condition, they should use the application for domestic students and not indicate themselves as an "International Applicant." 
  2. 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 referenced in Cal State Apply is submitted, the application is complete.


Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Ericka Adams

Dr. Claudio Vera SanchezDr. Adams has published in the areas of crime and deviance in Trinidad and Tobago, crime control strategies implemented within underprivileged neighborhoods, as well as female substance abuse. Her current research interests center on the impact of violence on communities in Trinidad and Tobago, the exclusionary practices that accompany a criminal record, and whether criminal expungement transforms the lives of those who have been previously incarcerated. 


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, JS 266, JS 271, JS 272, and JS 273). Elective courses must be 200-level courses in the program. Students must complete all courses in the academic plan with CR or C or better grades (C- does not count). They must also maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 ("B") in completing the requirements for the master's degree listed on the candidacy form (below).

Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA, may be put on academic probation by the University. Failure to raise the GPA to a 3.0 or above after being placed on academic probation may then result in being academically disqualified from SJSU. Students who are academically or administratively disqualified from the program will generally not be readmitted.


Curriculum & Requirements (30 units)

Core -15 units:


JS 265: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems


JS 266: Applied Research Methods and Statistics


JS 271: International Human Rights


JS 272: Policing in Global Contexts


JS 273: International Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency



Concentration - 12 units:


JS 267: Crime and Gender Around the World


JS 268: Immigration and International Law


JS 269: Cyber Forensics


JS 270A: Global Terrorism



Culminating Experience - 3 units:


JS 274: Applied Project



Total Degree  



Advancement to Candidacy and Granting of Degree

For Advancement to Candidacy--SJSU's approval of individuals' academic coursework—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, including the following:

  1. Completion of 9 letter-graded units
  2. ALL with grades of C or better
  3. GPA of 3.0 or better in the degreee program
  4. Using only courses fewer than 7 years old
  5. Completed the GWAR successfully. (The GWAR is the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement. JS 265 has been designated the GWAR course for this degree program.)

Advancement to Candidacy applications are due October 1 for degrees to be granted the following spring semester (e.g., October 1, 2019 for May 2020 degrees), February 1 for summer degrees, and April 1 for fall semester degrees. About 2 weeks after candidacy is granted, an eligibility to apply for graduation message will appear in the MySJSU account. Fill in the required information and submit the graduation application through MySJSU before the announced deadline.

If one does not actually finish the program when intended, the grade 'RP' will appear for JS 274. Students must enrol in JS 1290R (1 unit) each fall and spring semester until the JS 274 grade is changed to the final grade. In that case, a request to change the graduation date is also required before the degree will be issued. The graduate coordinator may assist you with any of the steps outlined here.


Schedule of Classes

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

Fall 2019

First Year Students (Fall 2019 cohort):

JS 265: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems August 21 - October 11, 2019

JS 266: Applied Research Methods and Statistics — October 14 - December 9, 2019

Continuing Students (Fall 2018 cohort):

JS 271: International Human Rights August 21 - October 11, 2019

JS 272: Policing in Global Contexts — October 14 - December 9, 2019


Spring 2020

First Year Students: (Fall 2019 cohort):

JS 273: International Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency — January 23 - March 13, 2020

JS 267: Crime & Gender Around the World — March 16 - May 13, 2020 (No Class 3/30-4/3)

Continuing Students: (Fall 2018 cohort):

JS 274: Applied Project — January 23 - May 13, 2020 (Culminating experience for M.S. degree-semester class; Congratulations!)

JS 268: Immigration and International Law — March 16 - May 13, 2020 (No Class 3/30-4/3)


Summer 2020

First Year Students (Fall 2019 cohort):

JS 269: Cyber Forensics — June 1st - July 2nd, 2020

JS 270A: Global Terrorism — July 6th - August 7th, 2020


Fall 2020

First Year Students (Fall 2020 cohort):

JS 265: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems — August 19 - October 9, 2020

JS 266: Applied Research Methods and Statistics — October 12 - December 7, 2020

Continuing Students (Fall 2019 cohort):

JS 271: International Human Rights — August 19 - October 9, 2020

JS 272: Policing in Global Contexts — October 12 - December 7, 2020


Spring 2021
       First Year Students: (Fall 2020 cohort)

JS 273: International Criminology & Juvenile Delinquency — January 27 - March 19, 2021

JS 267: Crime & Gender Around the World — March 22 - May 17, 2021 (No Class 3/29-4/2)

       Continuing Students: (Fall 2019 cohort):

JS 274: Applied Project — January 27 - March 19, 2021 (Culminating experience for M.S. degree-semester class; Congratulations!)

JS 268: Immigration and International Law  — March 22 - May 17, 2021 (No Class 3/29-4/2)


Summer 2021
        First Year Students (Fall 2020 cohort):

            JS 269: Cyber Forensics

            JS 270A: Global Terrorism

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.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 Department of Justice Studies 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.

Funding for Graduate StudentsThe Office of Graduate Studies along with San Jose State University and the California State University system are proud to sponsor several programs, awards, and competitions designed to cultivate and encourage student research and scholarship for current graduate students. Please visiting Graduate Funding for more information. 

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 Professional and Global Studies administers Special Session programs. Please visit their FAQs page for helpful information.