Applying to our Programs - Criminal Justice Programs

Criminal Justice B.S.

Students wishing to be admitted to the program must meet supplementary admission criteria (see “Impaction” tab above).  Details on our admission process can be found here. 

Criminal Justice Minor

-Information on enrolling in the Criminal Justice minor program can be found on Moodle. Please use the following document for instructions on accessing the Criminal Justice Undergraduate Advisement Moodle page.

Criminal Justice, M.S.

The application deadline for the School of Criminal Justice will be March 1st, 2017. Please check with Admissions for University application deadlines. The revised curriculum will be available during the fall 2016 semester. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jane Gauthier at

Nature of the Program

Uniquely situated in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center with the Los Angeles Police Department and LA Sheriff’s Department crime labs, the applied focus of the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice provides opportunities for students to bridge the gap between research and practice.  The M.S. prepares students to become civic professionals with problem solving skills that can effect change through a commitment to community building and evidence-based practices.

The curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ scholarly perspective by expanding their capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of emergent issues and controversies that characterize the administration of the criminal justice system. The practicum component of the program gives students the opportunity to participate in engaged scholarship while developing leadership abilities and research skills.

Graduate courses are offered in fall and spring semesters only.  Please note that courses may be offered throughout the daytime.  The master’s program is designed as a two-year, cohorted program.  Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Part-time students will take longer to complete the degree, but all requirements for the degree must be completed within seven years from the date of the first course listed on the program of study.

Recommended Undergraduate Preparation

The following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents) are recommended preparation for success in the program.  Applicants who have not taken these courses should consider taking them or researching the topics prior to enrolling in the program.

CRIM 1010      Administration of Justice 

History and philosophy of law enforcement and administration of justice in America; examination of various agencies, systems, and subsystems; role expectations and their interrelationships; theories of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation; ethics, education, and training for professionalism in the system. May be offered as an online or hybrid course.

 C-ID   *AJ 110

*The University course listed above articulates with any California Community College (CCC) course that is approved by the C-ID program and given the corresponding “C-ID Course” designation listed here. The articulation is one-way articulation, meaning the approved community college course will articulate for the indicated course credit at the four-year university. Articulation does NOT apply from the four-year institution to the community college or between the four-year institutions.


CRIM 3030      Theories and Perspectives in Criminal Justice 

Prerequisite: CRIM 3010. Overview of theories and perspectives on the causes of criminal behavior; issues related to the theoretical explanation of criminal behavior. May be offered as an online or hybrid course.


CRIM 3300      Research Methods 

Prerequisites: CRIM 3010. Underlying research concepts, methodologies and techniques appropriate for application in criminal justice environments, including the scientific method, basic research designs and data collection techniques. Special consideration of constraints on research within criminal justice settings. May be offered as an online or hybrid course.

CRIM 4830      Statistics  

Prerequisites: CRIM 3010, CRIM 3300. Introduction to data analysis in criminal justice. Focus is on conducting descriptive and inferential statistical analyses and interpreting research findings. Manual and computer based analyses will be conducted. May be offered as an online or hybrid course.

For further information about the requirements to complete the program, please look at the Graduate Handbook.  


Application Process

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