How do I get started?

If you’re ready to take the first step towards advancing your career in the field of criminal justice, click on the Apply Now button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. You can also contact your personal Enrollment Advisor at 1-800-645-5078 for answers to any of your questions.

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Will the diploma I earn upon graduation say “online” anywhere on it?

Students who graduate from UC’s online Master’s in Criminal Justice program receive the same prestigious degree and the exact same diploma as students attending on our campus. In fact, you should plan to attend graduation ceremonies to celebrate your outstanding accomplishment with fellow graduates from UC’s School of Criminal Justice.

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How much does this program cost?

University of Cincinnati’s online criminal justice master’s program offers the same quality education as its campus-based program at a highly competitive, affordable fee. After a one-time application fee of $65, the courses are $710* per credit hour for Ohio residents and $725* for non-Ohio residents. See the Tuition & Financial Aid pages for more details. [...]

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I have a very busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Will this program work for me?

Yes. You can complete your studies in the comfort of your home or workplace, with no site visits ever needed. In addition, you have access to your courses 24 hours a day, letting you schedule your coursework around your other commitments.

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How much time will I need to devote to this program?

Study time is up to each individual, but most part-time students require 12-15 hours per week. Students in the one-year program usually require 24-30 hours per week. The UC distance learning structure is designed to let students study on their own schedule — while ensuring that they stay on the right track with the support [...]

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I’ve already taken some graduate courses. Can those courses be transferred in?

Students may transfer up to 9 semester hours of graduate credit in criminal justice or criminology courses from a regionally accredited college or university. These credits must have been earned within the last 5 years prior to entrance into the program and can be applied only to the general elective requirement. Talk to an Enrollment [...]

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Are there any prerequisite courses that I need to take?

No. Students meeting the admission requirements can join the program without taking prerequisites and can begin in any term: Fall, Spring, or Summer.

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How many credits and courses do I take each semester?

In the two-year program, which is designed for working professionals, you will take two 3-credit hour courses each semester, taken back-to-back to enable you to focus on one course at a time. In the full-time, one-year program, you will complete four 3-credit hour courses each term, taken two at a time.

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How long does this master’s program take?

The online master’s degree program in criminal justice includes 33 semester hours of coursework and can be completed in as few as two years of part-time study or one year of full-time study.

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Do I need to travel to Ohio to complete the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program?

No. The University of Cincinnati has designed the program to be delivered 100% online, anywhere in the country or world. The program uses distance learning Internet technologies and professional facilitators to eliminate travel requirements without sacrificing the tremendous value of peer and faculty interactions. However, upon completion of the online criminal justice master’s program, you [...]

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What are the computer requirements for participation in this program?

To participate in the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice, you will need an up-to-date computer system. Click on this link for all of the program’s current computer requirements.

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I am not computer savvy. Can I do this?

Yes. In addition to guidance from your Program Manager throughout the program, technical support is available online or by telephone. If you can navigate a website and send email, you should be very comfortable with our user-friendly interface.

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How are the courses delivered?

Courses use a combination of manuals, textbooks, research articles, the Internet, and workplace applications. All materials will come to you via the Internet or mailed directly to your home or office.

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Why is regional accreditation important?

Regional accreditation is an important consideration because it is the primary type of institutional accreditation used by major colleges and universities in the United States. Some institutions with online programs hold a different type of accreditation or no accreditation at all, because they are unwilling or unable to meet the rigorous standards of regional accreditation. [...]

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What should I look for in a distance learning program?

We recommend you search for a program that has extensive distance learning experience, regional accreditation, low student attrition, a highly respected full-time faculty, high student satisfaction, and minimal or no travel required. Unlike correspondence courses, UC’s distance learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. Instead, they combine the benefits of a traditional instructor-led education [...]

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Why do I need a master’s degree in criminal justice?

A graduate education may open the door to all types of career opportunities. These may include administrative and leadership roles that can potentially result in a higher income and increased job satisfaction. The online criminal justice master’s degree is specifically designed for working professionals and is granted by a leading university with a reputation for [...]

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What if I have more questions after reading through the website?

An Enrollment Advisor is available to answer all your questions. To have your Enrollment Advisor contact you, complete the form on the right side of the page or call 800-645-5078.

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