The Department of Criminal Justices has offered a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice designed for individuals already in justice-related careers interested in advancing in their professions, for students desiring to pursue doctoral study, and individuals wishing to expand their knowledge of criminal justice and to pursue justice-related careers. Within these interests, students are offered the flexibility to pursue their individual goals. While most students attend full time, some attend part time so they can maintain employment. Many required classes are offered in the late afternoon or evenings to accommodate working students.

Most students take the non-thesis track, although a thesis track is available to outstanding students who wish to go on to a PhD or want a career which requires extensive experience in statistics, research methodology, and report writing. Students interested in doing a thesis should consult the professor who s/he wants to work with, as most theses are very closely related to the professor’s own research agenda. See the “Thesis vs. non-thesis” link.

While most students attend full time, we take steps to accommodate working students who attend part-time. For example, many classes are offered in the late afternoons or evenings.

Our students are active in the field and in the University. They have an academic “club” which provides them with educational opportunities outside of the classroom. They attend conferences and occasionally present their research at UNR or professional meetings. Many students publish their theses or other research in professional journals.

Our program is relatively small, allowing for easy access to professors and small class sizes. The program also is part of the School of Research and Justice Studies, which provides a unique and diverse educational opportunity.  The SRJS also includes Sociology, Communications Studies, and the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies. Students take classes with course numbers CRJ and SRJS.


Students participate in an online community through WebCampus. This site is for announcements, emails, and information (e.g., FAQs). It also allows students to start group discussion and helps with organization of group outings.


For an overview of the graduate degree in criminal justice, please review the course catalog.