Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Kennesaw State University

Program: Overview

The MSCJ Program

The MSCJ is an ideal program for traditional students and professionals in the field of criminal justice who aspire to further their education beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program includes face-to-face and some online course instructional formats. The program also has a unique “Global/International Perspectives in Criminal Justice” focus. The latter includes both an ‘International Criminal Justice Experience’ study abroad opportunity and a comparative criminal justice systems course. The program provides a focused and interactive educational experience designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills in criminal justice administration, including critical thinking and communication, as well as in relevant technologies and information sources. The program also provides students an opportunity to understanding and addressing the significance of cultural diversity within the criminal justice context. These attributes are essential for success in contemporary criminal justice agencies and in relevant private sector organizations both in Georgia and elsewhere. Students will also be prepared for further graduate study should they choose to pursue this option.


A pioneer of high-quality, comprehensive, and global criminal justice education, experience, and research at the undergraduate and graduate levels.


  1. To prepare students for careers in criminal justice and related fields.
  2. To prepare students for post-graduate and professional education.
  3. To expose students to various types of research methodologies.
  4. To expose students to the interdisciplinary nature of criminal justice.
  5. To develop critical and analytical thinking skills and an understanding of the scientific method.
  6. To develop effective oral and written communication skills.
  7. To instill awareness of and promote adherence to the highest ethical standards.
  8. To bridge theory, practice, and research.
  9. To foster global learning and community engagement.
  10. To understand and raise awareness of issues involving diversity and discrimination.
  11. To provide opportunities for research and collaborative professional activities.
  12. To learn and utilize current technological applications for research and practice.

Student Testimonial

"My tenure as a MSCJ student equipped me with so much knowledge that I use every day in my field, and none of that would be possible without your guidance and instruction [as faculty]. [The judges I work for] have been extremely impressed in my wealth of knowledge of the System! And every time I receive praise, I feel a sense of gratitude for you all. I appreciate all you've done and I would personally like to say that you all affect our lives in a tremendous way! You've helped me to grow within my career, and for that, I'm eternally grateful."

- Amber Derricho, recent MSCJ graduate and Judicial Circuit Case Manager (Accountability Courts)