Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a graduate degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Contact information

Program Director: Weston Morrow
Phone: (775) 784-4681

How do I apply?

Fall Application Deadline: June 1. Spring Application Deadline: Dec. 1. Learn how to apply to the University of Nevada, Reno.

What will I learn with an advanced degree in criminal justice?

The Master of Arts degree program in criminal justice provides students with the skills necessary to examine and analyze the major areas of the field, focusing on the nature of crime, law and social control, as well as the process of planning change in a system as complex as the criminal justice system.

The program emphasizes the understanding of the ways in which theory, research and social policy interact, and the utilization of critical thinking skills to better understand this information. Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of the theories and research methods necessary for analysis of issues relevant to the criminal justice field. Within this general framework, students will have an opportunity to pursue special interests in criminal justice, the judicial system, courts and law enforcement, that are consistent with the philosophy of the program.

Applicants to the Master of Arts program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university, with a major or minor in criminal justice or a closely related discipline (acceptable fields outside criminal justice to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the graduate admissions committee of the department; additional coursework in criminological theory might be required of students from outside the field of criminal justice).

Application process

Criminal Justice Graduate Handbook

Read through the criminal justice master's degree handbook to find out if this advanced degree program is right for you.

Read the Graduate Handbook
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