Master of Science in Criminology with a Concentration in Global Criminology

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The MS in Criminology Concentration in Global Criminology program is a modern study of international crime that prepares you to meet the needs of global communities. Complete this 30-unit program conveniently online.

The MS in Criminology, Global Criminology Concentration program offers you a deep understanding of the diverse local and global landscapes that continue to transform as the environment of criminology changes. This program uses an international comparative curriculum. You will learn and evaluate scholarly-grounded and global perspectives to support researched solutions to social programs, applying criminology in practical ways.

You will learn and become proficient in the tools, and technologies within the field of criminology preparing you for advanced careers in law enforcement, legal, community and social services, and education. 

Program Snapshot




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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Features

Conveniently online

Courses are held online. Students can learn from anywhere, on their own schedule, while also maintaining a full-time job.

Experienced faculty

Faculty members are outstanding scholars who help students make the connection between academic research and what happens within criminology on a local and global scale.

Cohort support

While this program is fully online and self-directed, most courses have a class discussion component where you can engage with other students and faculty to gain support and insight.

Nationwide ranking

The program is ranked #3 in California and #6 nationwide among online MS in Criminology programs in 2023.

Career Opportunities

  • High-level career opportunities are available upon completion of this degree in various fields. Some graduates may go on to work as police detectives, federal agents, judges or lawyers, educators, and in social service positions.
  • Further your education in criminology and legal services by attending law school." Lawyer comes up as the #1 job in social services according to the U.S. News Best Jobs ranking for 2023 and is the #16 best-paying job as well. 

This program was amazing. It worked well with my schedule. I work nine hours a day, five days a week, and.. the assignments didn’t interfere with my work and I didn’t have two assignments that had to be done on the same day.

Mayra Lopez
Student, MS in Criminology Concentration in Global Criminology

Apply To The Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements
    • Be a baccalaureate graduate of an accredited four-year college or university
    • GPA of 3.0 in the 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 an Internet connection. 
    • Please visit the Justice Studies Department admissions[BROKEN LINK] web page for full details.
  • How to Apply

    Apply to SJSU through Cal State Apply. Programs are categorized as "Campus" or "Extended Learning," and the Criminology, Global Criminology Concentration MS degree program is found in the Extended Learning group.

    International applicants can visit the Justice Studies Department admissions web page for more information. 

  • Application Deadlines

    Fall 2024

    • Application Deadline: July 1, 2024*
    • Document Deadline: July 20, 2024*

    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

  • FAQ

    For answers to some of your FAQs check out the Justice Studies FAQs.

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