Master of Science in Criminology

With a Concentration in Global Criminology, you'll be exposed to key issues in the ever-changing environment of the justice and legal systems. Prepare to respond to criminal justice needs in your community.

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Time to complete

24 Months

Application deadline

December 1, 2023



A Career in Criminology Starts at San José State University

Learn in a 100% online program with flexible class times. Leading scholars and experts will guide you through an international comparative curriculum that develops analytical skills, understanding of legal concepts, theoretical competency, and abilities to apply criminology in practical ways. The program prepares graduates for diverse employment opportunities, including policing, corrections, detective, judge, court reporter, law clerk, parole officer, and beyond.


*Fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the President, as appropriate.

Why Pursue a Degree in Criminology?

The SJSU MS in Criminology will prepare you to work in diverse criminal justice fields where you can make a meaningful impact on solving complex social problems.

Ranked #6 in the nation for best online Master’s in criminology degrees

SF Bay Area criminalists and crime analysts earn more than $80,000 annually

7% projected job growth rate for police and detectives between 2020-2030

Police officers are in high demand, as departments grapple with high rates of retirements and attrition

Diverse career paths include Community services manager, law clerk, prosecutor, military police, or federal agent

Equips graduates with a truly global outlook on crime and criminal justice

See for Yourself

See what learning is all about at SJSU — whether it's in the classroom or online — you'll receive world-class learning to help support your career goals.

Faculty Voice

Our alumni lead police, probation, legal and community-based services in the Bay Area and beyond.


- Paul Knepper, PhD

Chair, Justice Studies Department

Student Voice

The strength of the MLIS program lies in its variety, its rigor, and the fact that it prepares you to pursue what you’re most interested in. I came out of the program with the confidence to tackle anything.

- Nancy Andrus

Why San José State University?

SJSU offers a wide range of degrees and certificates to help students advance in their careers or transition successfully to new ones. Whether you’re looking to boost your earning power or become an expert in your chosen field, SJSU is a proven learning source that can help you get there.


Our professional and online programs and courses are rooted in the world-class reputation of SJSU.


Distinguished faculty and highly experienced practitioners ensure students receive an education that’s meaningful and interactive, either on campus or online.


Professional students tap into SJSU’s deep ties to industries based in Silicon Valley’s thriving economy.


Students with an SJSU education are well prepared to impress, earn respect and succeed in their careers.