Criminology and Criminal Justice, M.A.

Saint Louis University’s Master of Arts in criminology and criminal justice offers three diverse tracks: administration of justice, emergency management, and treatment and rehabilitation.

About the Program

SLU’s criminology and criminal justice degree prepares you to take on leadership roles in a variety of community settings. Part-time and full-time degree options are available.

Students can select one of the following areas to be the focus of their studies:

Administration of Justice

You'll prepare for leadership roles in justice-serving organizations through coursework designed to increase your knowledge about the justice system, techniques and challenges of administration and issues in jurisprudence. Integrate the knowledge you’ll develop through rigorous coursework with community-based learning opportunities to begin creating solutions to complex social and organizational challenges.

Emergency Management

Justice personnel can be among the first responders to a crisis. Learn critical thinking, leadership and crisis management skills through seminars and challenging simulations that put your academic knowledge to the test. All courses in this concentration are offered online.

Treatment and Rehabilitation

Gain an in-depth understanding of essential human behavior, issues related to the treatment of high-risk populations and evidence-based practices for improving the health of offenders and the communities in which they reside. A blend of in-class training and community-based practice experiences prepares you to become an effective treatment agent.

Program Highlights

Students in the criminology and criminal justice master’s program are trained to identify, understand and apply administrative, emergency management, and treatment and rehabilitative practices to challenging real world conditions.

What career you pursue after graduating with an M.A. in criminology and criminal justice will depend on your chosen concentration. Graduates of the administration of justice concentration are prepared for leadership roles in justice-serving organizations. Graduates of the treatment and rehabilitation concentration are prepared to be effective treatment agents. Graduates of the emergency management concentration are trained to be emergency responders.

Graduates have accepted professional opportunities with the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office, FBI, U.S. Marshals, Secret Service and IRS. 
Tuition and Fees

Saint Louis University takes pride in being one of Barron's Best Buys in College Education and Kiplinger's Best Values in Private Colleges.

For information regarding the upcoming academic year’s tuition rate, fees and financial aid, visit SLU Financial Services.

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

SLU offers new and continuing students partial tuition-remission merit-based scholarships. 

Additional scholarship/assistantship opportunities include:

  • Diversity and Presidential fellowship - for new master's or doctoral students at the School of Social Work, funded by Saint Louis University.
    The application period has closed for 2016-2017.
  • Graduate assistantship  - The application period has closed for 2016-2017.
  • Diversity scholarship - a full-tuition scholarship, funded by the School of Social Work. The application period has closed for 2016-2017.

Contact Kristi Richter, graduate admission coordinator, at 314-977-2752 with any questions.


Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Probationary admission may be considered for students with cumulative GPAs below 3.0.

To apply, you’ll need:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Two confidential reference letters (one professional, one academic)
Résumé or curriculum vita
Professional statement

Requirements for International Students

Application and Assistantship Deadlines

Students should apply by Aug. 1 for the fall semester. The priority deadline for funding and graduate assistantship consideration is March 1.

Review Process

The admissions committee considers several factors to determine a candidate's eligibility: academic achievement, strength of the undergraduate program, application information, personal statement, work experience, any graduate degrees earned, motivation, leadership and service. The undergraduate GPA is weighted with other criteria in the admissions process.