Master of Science In Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is uniquely professionally focused. You’ll learn from the second largest criminal justice faculty in the country and collaborate with professors who use their broad range of expertise to create specialized courses that prepare you to excel in the field.

A national leader

Recognized as a national leader in criminal justice education, the University of New Haven offers an exciting, 36-credit master’s degree program in criminal justice. Students in the program study alongside leading professionals in law enforcement, investigation, politics, forensic science, and law. Internship and research opportunities in the program lead to fulfilling careers in government agencies, court systems, and more.

Tuition Discounts

If you are a sworn officer or a correctional officer anywhere worldwide, you may be eligible to receive a discount of 50% off the degree. We also offer a 20% tuition discount to members of professional organizations such as the IAFCI, ACAMS, ACFCS, NHCAA and others.

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Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Detectives and Criminal Investigators

2% Growth 2021-2030


Transit and Railroad Police

4% Growth 2021-2030


First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

5% Growth 2021-2030

Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Selected Courses and Programs
  • Basic psychological theory and specific applications in the criminal justice system will be explored. Particular emphasis is placed on mental health issues as they affect the criminal justice system.

  • A survey of theories relating to the scope and nature of the crime problem. Consideration of the problems of deviancy including social norms deviancy, mental disturbances, juvenile crime, and the various possible and actual responses to deviancy. Various approaches to the problem of rehabilitation.

  • An introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods used in criminal justice for research and policy analysis. Students will become familiar with basic types of research designs, survey research methods, evaluation methods.

  • An introduction to quantitative applications in the field of Criminal Justice. Basic descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include measurement scales, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, data distributions, sampling, probability, hypothesis testing, Chi Square, Z-test, T-Test, and Analysis of Variance models. Students will also be introduced to the use of SPSS for data analysis.

  • The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Masters of Science, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Criminal Justice, M.S.

    Criminal Justice Management Certificate

    Victim Advocacy and Service Management Certificate

Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

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  • An advanced degree from the University of New Haven will help you take your career to the next level. Each program offers convenient scheduling, personalized attention, and state-of-the-art facilities.

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  • The University of New Haven Graduate School is an excellent value with reasonable tuition. Of course, you will still have bills to pay and the Financial Aid office can help.

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