Criminal Justice
       Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The graduate program in criminal justice prepares students for advancements in the criminal justice profession. All students must complete 21 semester hours (s.h.) of core courses, 15 semester hours of elective courses, and a comprehensive examination. Students can choose to obtain a graduate certificate in security studies (requirements listed below). A student may be admitted into the program either as a resident admission or distance education admission if the requirements are met. Applicants to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University that reside outside the State of North Carolina please click here for important information that may affect your potential enrollment.

The program requires 36 semester hours which are composed of the following:

  • Core Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Security Studies
Core Courses (21 s.h.)

JUST 6000 Criminal Justice Principles
JUST 6001 Seminar in Research Methods and Statistical Interpretation
JUST 6006 Seminar in Corrections
JUST 6012 Seminar in Law Enforcement
JUST 6201 Seminar in Criminology
JUST 6300 Principles of Criminal Justice Administration and Management
JUST 6500 Seminar in Criminal Justice Courts
Elective Courses (15 s.h.)

JUST 6202 Advanced Criminology
JUST 6211 Statistics in Criminal Justice
JUST 6400 Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice
JUST 6501 Civil Liability in Criminal Justice
JUST 6502 Criminal Justice and Terrorism
JUST 6601 Special Topics (may be repeated with departmental approval)
JUST 6602 Directed Study in Criminal Justice (may be repeated with departmental approval)
JUST 6700 Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
JUST 6800 Program Evaluation
JUST 6990 Field Practicum
JUST 6991 Professional Paper
Certificate Security Studies: (15 s.h.)
Up to 15 s.h. of courses required for the graduate certificate in security studies can be transferred as electives for the master of science in criminal justice. See Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science, for certificate requirements

Click here to apply to East Carolina University. Admission to East Carolina University does not guarantee admissions into your desired program of study.

Admission Requirements:

Applications must be submitted on or before April 1 for fall admissions; October 1 for spring admissions. (NOTE: It is important to account for delivery time with required documentation, which may be six or more weeks for GRE scores and/or transcripts)

The Graduate School has minimum requirements for all applicants to graduate programs.
1) Completed application form with paid application fee,
2) Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended,
3) Three (3) letters of recommendation
4) Statement of Purpose/Intent
5) GRE scores (ECU’s GRE code is 5180)

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (B-) on a 4.0 scale is required. Transfer credit must be established at the time of admittance.

    Other requirements are as follows:
  • Resident admissions - Applicants must submit 1) satisfactory entrance examination scores on the GRE or TOEFL as established by the Graduate School, 2) official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work since graduating high school, 3) three current letters of reference , 4) a statement of purpose that describes the applicant’s relevant work experience, short- and long-term goals, and specific interests in the master’s of criminal justice program (500-750 words, single spaced, typewritten), and 5) a personal interview may be requested.
Students are not permitted to change admission classification (i.e., resident admission and DE admission) without prior departmental approval.


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