Master of Science: Criminology & Criminal Justice

College of Justice, Safety and Military Science
Master of Science: Criminology & Criminal Justice

Interested in making the world a fairer, safer place? EKU Criminology & Criminal Justice program might be the right path for you. Get a broad-based academic experience, learn the theory behind responsible public policy and reform, and prepare for a meaningful career of public service. This program focuses on addressing the problems and issues our society faces with regard to crime and our reaction to crime within a larger cultural and structural context. 

Criminal justice graduates are expected to be:

  • Conversant with the theoretical and legal principles in criminal justice
  • Knowledgeable of the essential research contributions in the discipline
  • Capable of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis appropriate to the discipline
  • Competent to assume leadership, policymaking, research and instructional responsibilities in criminal justice

Learn more below.  

Admissions Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Have a 3.0 GPA overall OR 3.25 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  • Apply to and meet the admission requirements of the EKU Graduate School.
  • Submit a personal statement to the EKU Graduate School (including personal and professional objectives in pursuing a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice, primary and secondary motivations for pursuing this degree, your educational interests, potential research interests, and what you hope to accomplish).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation directly to the Criminal Justice Graduate Program Coordinator in the College of Justice & Safety.


Job Opportunities for Graduates:

Academic or applied careers in

  • Criminology 
  • Social Justice Studies
  • Criminal Justice

Where are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Academic or professional school
  • Non-profit organizations
  • District Attorney's Office
  • FBI
  • DEA
  • ATF
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • State Department
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Department of Agriculture


Dr. Judah Schept
Phone: (859) 622-1980