Criminology and Criminal Justice Program

Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The online Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Kent State University is designed to challenge experienced and aspiring professionals who want to expand their scope of knowledge and move into career and leadership positions.

Demand for criminology and criminal justice professionals continues to grow. Whether you are in policing, corrections, victim advocacy or global security or wanting to move from your profession into one of these fields, the challenges you face are increasingly complex, requiring collaboration across multiple stakeholders.

This program prepares you as a next-generation leader in this complex, global and interconnected field.  You will choose a focus area from four growing fields – Policing, Corrections, Global Security or Victimology.  And you’ll complete core courses with peers from across these disciplines, with an integrated curriculum that prepares you to see and work across these disciplinary boundaries.

Learn more by calling an Admissions Advisor at 844-234-4073.

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Why choose Kent State’s online Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice?

  • Enroll in a newly envisioned program designed to prepare next-generation leaders with both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills
  • Choose from four high-demand concentrations – Policing, Corrections, Global Security and Victimology
  • Learn from dedicated full-time faculty genuinely invested in seeing their students succeed
  • Experience a flexible online program structure created to fit the lives of full-time working professionals
  • Graduate in fewer than two years
  • Submit your application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program

Program Details

Kent State’s online Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed for busy working professionals and students seeking graduate education, with the following features:

  • The program is 33 credits in length, consisting of 11 three-credit courses.
  • Each course is seven weeks in length, with two courses taken sequentially each semester. This allows you to focus on one course at a time while still completing your program in two years.
  • To keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration, multiple sections of each course are offered.

To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband Internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at or toll-free at 844-234-4073.

Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.

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What You’ll Learn

Our online Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice delivers both the breadth and depth you’ll need as a next-generation public service leader.  You will complete core courses with professionals from diverse backgrounds with a multi-disciplinary curriculum that prepares you to collaborate across boundaries.

The program is designed to deliver both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, with the following course requirements:

  • Three core “breadth” courses (9 credits)
  • One required course from each of our four concentration areas (12 credits)
  • Three additional courses from your chosen concentration (9 credits)
  • One required capstone project (3 credits)

Courses are delivered through our course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups or other learning enhancements.

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Corrections Concentration

The Corrections concentration is designed for those pursuing career advancement and expanded knowledge for those in professional roles including the areas of probation, parole, institutional corrections or treatment.  The program provides a strong foundation in correctional theory and practice pertinent to both institutional and community settings, including an awareness of contemporary challenges and emerging trends in the field.

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Global Security Concentration

The Global Security concentration focuses on issues related to global security, U.S. national security policy and strategy, as well as transnational issues and the concerns of other countries or regions. It provides students with a strong foundation to confront the ever-changing, fast-paced and challenging international security environment. With an emphasis on traditional and emerging transnational security threats, students are prepared for analytical, operational and leadership careers in global security in the public and private sectors. The goal is to produce a new generation of analysts, policymakers and scholars knowledgeable about the wide range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st century.

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Policing Concentration

The purpose of the Policing concentration is three-fold:

  1. To examine the historical ideas of police service and the lessons that can be learned from those ideas.
  2. To learn about the research that has challenged traditional ideas and the implications of that research for revision.
  3. To analyze the implications of contemporary research to guide new innovations in policies, management, strategies and tactics of police service delivery.

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Victimology Concentration

The concentration in Victimology provides specialized knowledge about the scientific study of crime victims, their treatment within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, the legal rights of victims and victim assistance and restorative justice programs. This concentration will prepare students to develop and lead initiatives that help prevent victimization, to engage in victimological research and evaluation and to respond to victims in culturally appropriate ways.

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Kent State University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice faculty in the Department of Sociology have diverse backgrounds that include police and police administration, juvenile justice, victimology and global security.

It is this breadth of experience that feeds the program’s focus on multi-disciplinary leadership in the field of criminology and criminal justice.  All faculty members are full-time faculty who are highly trained all of whom have a doctoral degree and professional experience, ensuring the highest quality educational experience.

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Tuition and Fees

We recognize that pursuing a graduate degree is a significant investment. Your Admissions Advisor can answer your questions on program costs, discuss how a Kent State degree compares to others and connect you with financial aid representatives when you are ready to discuss your financing alternatives. For more information about tuition pricing, please visit our tuition page. You can reach us by email at or toll-free at 844-234-4073.

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in a social sciences-related field from an accredited university with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who have an employment history in a related field will also be considered.

International students are eligible for admission into this program. For information on international admission and financial aid options, contact us at or call us toll-free at 844-497-3239.

The application process is simple, and we’re here to guide you through it.  The key steps are:

  • Reach out to us to start the conversation today.  Request more information on our website or call 844-234-4073.
  • Participate in an interview with your Admissions Advisor to discuss Kent State’s fit with your academic and professional goals.
  • Complete the online application form. We recommend that you review our admissions checklist for more information.
  • Submit your official undergraduate transcript(s), resume/CV, goal statement and three letters of recommendation.

Note: You do not need to complete the GRE as a part of the admission process.

Our Admissions Advisor are available to answer your questions regarding admission requirements for the program.  If you have questions, please email us at or call us toll-free at 844-497-3239.