Criminal Justice Graduate Programs in Florida

Oct 23, 2018

Students with a graduate degree in criminal justice can pursue a variety of careers, such as a criminal investigator, first-line police supervisor, or a postsecondary teacher. Discover the admissions requirements and curriculum information for the programs at five schools.

School Comparison

Criminal justice graduate programs are available in many different areas of Florida. Students will find options offered at both the master's and doctoral levels and can check out the tuition costs in the table, below.

Institution Location Graduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
University of Miami Coral Gables, FL $36,332
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL $9,876 (in-state); $23,965 (out-of-state)
St. Thomas University Miami Gardens, FL $14,256
Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL $20,419
Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL $9,990

Source: *National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES)

Florida Colleges with Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

University of Miami

Students can complete their master of science in criminology and criminal justice at the University of Miami. The curriculum is designed to provide students with an understanding of the criminal justice system, including quantitative research methods, crime prevention, and current policy. The 30-credit program is recommended for those working in criminal justice or those wishing to pursue employment in the field. A bachelor's degree is required for acceptance into the program. Students must also have at least a 950 on the GRE and a 3.0 GPA and submit three recommendation letters and a personal statement.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University offers a master of applied social science with a concentration in criminal justice. Required coursework in this program that typically spans 33 credits includes statistics for the social sciences and an interdisciplinary social science seminar. Admittance requirements for the program include a bachelor's degree, 3.0 GPA, and a resume and personal statement. It should be noted that students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 throughout the program.

St. Thomas University

St. Thomas University offers two master's degrees in this field: a 36-credit master of arts in criminal justice and a dual, 3-year master's in criminal justice and juris doctorate degree. Students will need a 3.0 GPA for the program; otherwise, they will have to complete a graduate writing assessment. The application process involves an application, $40 non-refundable fee, and official transcripts. Students may also be asked to submit their resume, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.

Nova Southeastern University

Students have the option for two graduate degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. The 42-credit master of public administration with a criminal justice focus is applicable for government, the public sector, and non-profit organizations. Admissions requirements for this program include a bachelor's degree and 3.0 GPA, with special review given to students with a GPA under 3.0. Students will need to submit the following with their application:

  • $50 non-refundable fee
  • College transcripts
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation if GPA is less than 3.0
  • Personal essay of 500-750 words

The doctoral degree in criminal justice is offered online and consists of 60 credit hours and a dissertation. Students will need a master's degree with a 3.0 GPA and must submit three letters of recommendation, college transcripts, personal statement, and resume.

Saint Leo University

In Florida, Saint Leo University offers on campus master's degrees in criminal justice or criminal justice with a legal studies specialization. In addition, several other master's degrees in the field with specializations such as behavioral studies, corrections, criminal investigations, critical incident management, and forensic science are offered online. These 2-year programs require about 36 credits for completion. Applicants will submit an online application with a non-refundable fee of $80. Students should hold a bachelor's degree and sign a transcript release form. Those with a GPA under 3.0 will need to complete a statement of professional goals. It should be noted that students who do not meet these requirements may receive conditional acceptance into a program if they display the promise of academic success. Saint Leo also offers a 3.5-year online doctoral program in criminal justice, with homeland security or education tracks from which to choose.

Individuals who wish to enter a criminal justice graduate program in Florida have various options. Students may pursue a general master's degree in the field or choose one with an area of specialization. PhD programs are typically offered online or as dual degrees.

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