Students in the Masters Degree program in Criminal Justice come from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds. While many start straight out of college having completed undergraduate degrees in criminal justice, political science, social work, or related areas of interest, others already have well established careers in criminal justice and justice related fields.
Our graduates have gone on to achieve successful careers, as well as advance existing careers, in a variety of criminal justice and related professions including, state and local law enforcement, juvenile justice, and crime analysis. One of our MA graduates currently teaches as temporary faculty in our undergraduate program.
Graduates of our Masters program have also gone on to continue their education. One was a successful applicant to the Air Force's Officer Candidate School. Others have applied to law school or gone on to Ph.D. programs in criminal justice. Several have received full scholarships to pursue doctoral degrees in criminal justice. While at UNR, MA students have the opportunity to work with faculty on a variety of their research interests, pursue peer-reviewed publication in high level criminal justice and related journals, and develop their own areas of research interest.
"The Criminal Justice graduate program at the University of Nevada-Reno has been a great stepping stone in achieving my long sought after dream of becoming a professor. I would not be where I am today if it hadn't been for the help and guidance from the many great professors that make up this program."
Joshua Williams, 2011 Graduate
“I cannot imagine a more encouraging and enabling program for learning; I was never told I couldn't research something, I was simply asked how I would like to start.”
William Mantle, 2011 Graduate
“The criminal justice program offers an opportunity to work closely with great educators. They helped me achieve professional academic success and take my education to the next level. I would recommend this program to anyone with any interest in studying the social sciences.”
Ryan Spizman, 2013 Graduate