Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The mission of the Wilder School’s Master of Science (M.S.) degree in criminal justice is to broaden and refine students understanding of criminal justice and criminological issues to facilitate career success and advancement. This preparation includes understanding the range of theory, research and policy in criminal justice. Our curriculum is directed especially toward assisting students in developing the advanced knowledge, skills and abilities required by criminal justice professionals, emphasizing the cross-section of criminal justice with public policy and practice.


For more information on the curriculum for the criminal justice program or degree requirements and deadlines, please visit the VCU Bulletins website.

To view a brief list of the core skills and content taught in courses associated with this program view the 2015 curriculum map Get Adobe Reader.

Course descriptions

See VCU Courses.

Criminal Justice Newsletter

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Contact us

For questions about admissions, courses or the transfer of credits, please begin by contacting the Wilder School Graduate Advising Office at (804) 828-6837 or office serves as the first point-of contact for all post-baccalaureate program related questions.

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