"Our alumni lead police, probation, legal and community-based services in the Bay Area and beyond."
Paul Knepper, PhD
Chair, Justice Studies Department



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Fees are effective Fall 2023. Fees are subject to review & change.

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The Master of Science in Criminology with a Concentration in Global Criminology offered through the Department of Justice Studies is an online program designed to adapt to the ever-changing environment of the justice and legal systems, and criminology. It combines the advanced study of contemporary international crime and the various responses around the globe with analytic and research techniques used by advanced scholars. Through an international comparative curriculum and development of analytical skills, the program aims to equip graduates with a truly global outlook on crime, a commitment to international justice, and professional competencies to apply practices from around the globe to meet the particular needs of their communities.

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Program Features

  1. Online Program
    All courses are held online allowing students to be working while completing their degree.
  2. Outstanding Faculty
    Our faculty members are outstanding scholars who help students make the connection between academic research and what happens in the everyday world.
  3. Unique Program
    Our program prepares graduates to employ research-informed solutions from a global perspective on criminology to solve contemporary social problems.

Your Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may find employment in various fields.

Law Enforcement Occupations:

  • Police Officer
  • Sherriff's Deputy
  • Federal Agent
  • Corrections Officer
  • Police Detective
  • Private Investigator
  • Military Police
  • Security Officer

Community and Social Service Occupations:

  • Social Service Assistant
  • Parole Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Community Service Manager

Legal Occupations:

  • Arbitrator
  • Mediator
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense Attorney
  • Court Reporter
  • Judge
  • Paralegal
  • Law Clerk


  • Criminology and/or Criminal Justice Instructor

Applying to the Program

Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission to the spring and fall semesters.

Admission Requirement:

  • Be a baccalaureate graduate of an accredited four-year college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 in last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of coursework
  • International applicants with a TOEFL score of 550 (paper version) or 80 (Internet-based)
  • A general understanding of computers and technology, access to a computer with Internet connection

Please visit the Justice Studies Department website for full details.

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit