Master of Criminal Justice

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Students graduating from the master's program will be prepared for doctoral studies in criminal justice or related social sciences or eventually occupying administrative and policy-making positions in law enforcement, court, and correctional agencies. Three types of students are served by the Master of Criminal Justice degree: those ultimately interested in teaching and research in criminal justice and related fields; individuals already employed in criminal justice agencies who need graduate-level training to upgrade their credentials; and pre-service students who show the potential for graduate studies and who desire entry into certain criminal justice positions. Applications are review throughout the year and admit for both fall and spring terms. 

College: Arts & Sciences
Delivery Format: 100% online
Program Credits:  31 or 33 credits ((which allows for a 4-credit primary capstone project or a 6-credit formal thesis)  
Program Length: 2 - 3 years
Cost Per Credit Hour: $411.50
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250

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Occupations Salary Range
Lawyers $56,100 - $153,750
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers $51,550 - $97,990
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teacher, Postsecondary  $41,600 - $106,280
Security Gaurds  $22,970 - $49,980
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $40,520 - $95,830

NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
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HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Contact Information
Name:Carlos Posadas
Title:MCJ Program Director
Phone: 575 646-3951
Email:cposadas@nmsu.edu