About Weber State University
Master of Criminal Justice at Weber State University
Weber State University's Master of Criminal Justice program will help you advance in your career, or even enter the field, while giving you a deep understanding of the criminal justice system. It will also provide you with the foundation you need to pursue a doctoral degree.
Emphasizing theory, research and administration in the criminal justice system, you will learn to conceptualize the problems of crime and justice from social, cultural, economic and political perspectives. In addition, you will study methods, design and statistical strategies used to analyze social science research.
• Enjoy 100% online learning.
• Earn your master’s degree in criminal justice, even if you studied a different field as an undergraduate. All bachelor’s degrees from regionally accredited institutions are accepted.
• Learn from professors – not graduate teaching assistants – with decades of field experience as law enforcement administrators, prosecuting attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, probation officers, corrections officers and forensic investigators.
• Pay tuition that is affordable – the program can be completed for approximately $12,000 (for both residents or non-residents of Utah).
• Earn scholarships – more than $30,000 available annually. Those already working in law enforcement, the courts and corrections can apply for a half-tuition scholarship.
• Finish in 12-18 months.
The program requires you to complete 36 semester hours. Four core courses, totaling 12 semester hours, are required and include:
• Criminal Justice Statistics;
• Contemporary Criminal Justice;
• Research Methods in Criminal Justice; and
• Theories of Crime and Delinquency.
For the remaining hours, you may select a wide variety of electives. You may also choose between completing a master’s thesis or taking additional course work in lieu of the thesis.
Study Abroad Opportunities
In addition, study abroad trips will be offered, including an excursion to the Mock Prison Riot, a four-day training exercise held at a decommissioned state penitentiary in Moundsville, W.Va. The annual event attracts corrections officers, law enforcement and military personnel from around the world. WSU students have attended the riot for five years. Weber State was the first university allowed to participate and still takes the largest group to the event.
Housed within the Department of Criminal Justice, the master’s degree program was created in 2000. It is one of a variety of programs at WSU, a public institution founded in 1889 in Ogden, Utah. Known for exceptional teaching, WSU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.