The Master of Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree is the professional degree for those seeking a career in criminal justice. The Georgia College MSCJ program develops the skills which prepare students to work in social services, judiciary and law, law enforcement, education and in private business. The 36-credit MSCJ program is offered in a convenient online format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study.
Interested in pursuing a Master of Criminal Justice degree? Wondering why it might be the right fit for you? Read why Sgt. Michael Baker chose GC's MSCJ Program.
"After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, I chose to pursue a Master’s in Criminal Justice to expand my knowledge and interests in understanding social and criminal behavior, their influences on criminal justice policies, laws, and their impact on the criminal justice system. Having this knowledge has afforded me a take a foundational approach to understanding social problems, as I believe should serve as a prerequisite for any public servant, especially those seeking administrative roles within the criminal justice arena."
-Sgt. Michael Baker, MSCJ, ’15, Lieutenant of Emergency Management, Georgia College
The mission of the Master’s of Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program is to create opportunities for critical thinking for future and current practitioners and academic researchers in the field of criminal justice and criminology. As a student in the program, you’ll experience an environment that is conducive to learning the body of knowledge generally defined within the field of criminal justice/criminology which includes the meaning of laws, the creation of laws, the breaking of laws, social reactions to deviant and criminal behavior and how individuals are processed over time.
The program is structured to focus on the areas of criminal justice policy, policing, corrections, criminological theory, legal issues, research design and statistics and ethics. After the completion of the program, graduates will be able to critically analyze criminal justice policy and practices in relation to functioning in a democratic society. The goal of the program is to prepare graduates to assume roles as ethical, responsible citizens and professionals in the field.
Some students in the MSCJ program are already employed in the public sector and are interested in the MSCJ program for reasons of career development and mobility. In-service students come from practically every possible public sector setting and every level of government. Pre-service students will have available to them the information and assistance of the Georgia College Career Services Office. Faculty will work with students in exploring career options. Many students have found their classmates to be valuable sources of networking information. Students should understand, however that the purpose of graduate education in criminal justice is to prepare one to be a better manager of a criminal justice agency or to pursue further education.
The 36-credit MSCJ program is offered in a convenient online format designed for the busy working professional. The program can be completed in four semesters of full-time study.
The curriculum is divided into required courses and elective courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take CRJU 6100 and CRJU 6605 in their first or second terms in the MSCJ program. CRJU 6100 serves as an overview to criminal justice and to this particular MSCJ program.
At the culmination of the curriculum, students are required to take and pass CRJU 6700, the comprehensive exam. Students must take this exam during their last semester of course work. The exam will be given one month prior to the last day of class. The comprehensive exam covers core curriculum classes, which include CRJU 6100, 6200, 6300, 6400, 6500, 6515, 6605 and 6610. Students are given two days to complete 7 general questions from each section. Students are given two questions from each subject area and choose one question to respond to. Any subjects that are failed on the comprehensive exam must be tested for a second time. If the student still fails the exam, the student will be required to take that course over, and go through the testing process again. If a comprehensive exam subject is failed twice, that student is dismissed from the program.
For general information regarding Graduate Admissions, please see Graduate Admissions.
- Must have completed requirements for a Bachelor’s degree from a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting association.
- Submit a current resume detailing relevant work experience.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate work.
- Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 are not required to submit exam scores.
- Applicants with an undergraduate GPA 2.75 - 2.99 must submit official scores on either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Management Aptitude Test (GMAT) scores. Scores must be within the last five years.
The applicant must have:
GRE: A combined score of 290 (verbal and quantitative) or
GMAT: 450 or
Applicants may make a formal request to waive these requirement only when the applicant has completed another graduate degree program and an appropriate transcript is submitted in support of the request.
NOTE: Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 - If using a paper application, please indicate in the test score area that you are requesting a test waiver based on undergraduate GPA. If applying online, please send an email to email@example.com notifying Graduate Admissions that you are requesting a test waiver based on undergraduate GPA.
Provisional admission may be granted to applicants with at least a 2.75 GPA who have scored:
GRE: 280-289 or
GMAT: 400-449 or
Provisional admission will be considered for applicants who do not meet the academic requirements if strong evidence of ability to perform well in graduate work is provided through reference to work experience or other means.
- Provisional status may be granted for a maximum of one academic year. All students admitted under provisional status must maintain a 3.00 or higher GPA during the probationary period.
- At the completion of the provisional period of time, a decision will be made as to accepting the student as a regular admission.
- To gain regular admission, a provisionally admitted student must take in that status the equivalent of a semester’s full load (9 to 12 hours) of Criminal Justice courses and maintain a 3.00 GPA in all graduate coursework).
Up to 9 hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. To be transferred course work from other institutions must correspond to Georgia College’s Criminal Justice curriculum. Students will need to provide course descriptions and syllabi wherever possible, and the amount of credit granted will be determined by the program director. Such course work may be no more than five years old.
The test date must be within the past five years. You do not need to submit scores from a subject achievement test. The GRE is now only given electronically at Sylvan Learning Centers, located throughout the U.S., including a site in Macon. The MAT is administered in Milledgeville 478-445-5016.
Deadlines for Application
Fall: July 1
Spring: November 1
Summer: April 1
Tuition and Fees
Criminal Justice Conferences
For current students: If you are interested in presenting a paper, poster, etc. you must contact the professor you would like to work with.
Keep in mind that the dates for submissions and conferences will generally be the same from year to year. If there is a conference you missed this year, look at the submission dates for the next year.
Southern Criminal Justice Association:
September 9-13, 2019
Deadline for submissions: July 15, 2019
Criminal Justice Association of Georgia:
October 10 & 11, 2019
Coastal College of Georgia.
The American Society of Criminology:
November 13-16, 2019
San Francisco, CA
Thematic panels, individual paper abstracts, and author meets critics panels due: Friday, March 8, 2019
Posters roundtable abstracts, and lightning talk abstracts due: Friday, May 10, 2019
Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences:
March 26-30, 2019
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, MD
Southern Sociological Society:
April 10th – April 13th, 2019
The Whitley, Atlanta, GA
GCSU funding through graduate admissions:
GCSU funding through SGA:
Careers in Criminal Justice
MSCJ program alumni are currently pursuing careers in a variety of criminal justice related fields, including working in corrections, providing victims' assistance, serving as parole officers, teaching, and working in law enforcement.
Amanda Hornbeck, GCSU BA, CJ (2009) and MS, CJ (2011); United States Probation Officer, Northern District of GA, (August 2014- Current).
As a student at GC, Amanda Hornbeck had many of the Criminal Justice professors as she pursued both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees. She says that the faculty always made learning fun and helped her think outside of the box. They helped her open her mind to others viewpoints, which is important for someone in the criminal justice field. She continues to think like this in her line of work now, which, she believes, helps her be a better-rounded officer. Ms. Hornbeck benefited greatly from faculty encouraging students to engage in conversation and teaching students to hear others' input. This has helped her as an officer, because often times it is easy in her line of work to have the "us versus them" mentality. When she can be relatable and approachable with her offenders, it helps build their relationship and she is able to get information from them, which helps her better supervise the offender, and better serve our community. The Criminal Justice faculty have "truly impacted my life in a positive way, and has helped me to reach my goal as a federal law enforcement officer."
MSCJ Core Faculty
Meet the Team
Program Contact Information
MSCJ Program Coordinator and Advisor
Campus Box 18 | 2-21 Arts & Sciences
Milledgeville, GA 31061
MSCJ Program Assistant
Campus Box 18 | 2-03 Arts & Sciences
Milledgeville, GA 31061