Division of Social Sciences & History

Master of Science in Social Justice & Criminology (online)

The Master of Science in Social Justice and Criminology (MSJC) is a graduate degree designed for students who wish to pursue academic and/or professional roles in the criminal justice system. Whether you are an experienced professional in the Social Justice and Criminology field or a recent high school or community college graduate considering a career in criminal justice, the Social Justice and Criminology Program at Delta State University has something to offer you. Delta State University is unique in that it provides students with both small class size and matches each student with a faculty advisor to oversee their progress through the program.

The Social Justice and Criminology Program at Delta State University offers a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees designed to provide students with a strong foundation in justice and law. Electives are available to strengthen your academic understanding of policing, corrections, the legal system, juvenile justice, and wildlife law enforcement. Many students elect to apply their classroom knowledge in real world setting.

The Social Justice and Criminology program at Delta State University at the graduate level provides students with a strong foundation in criminological theory with a focus on the criminal justice system in the United States and how it compares to those in other countries.

Students’ analytical skills are grounded in a strong foundation of theory, research methods, and statistical methods. A broad range of elective opportunities strengthen students’ academic understanding of policing, corrections, the legal system, juvenile justice, homeland security and terrorism, family violence, psychology in the criminal justice system, sex crimes, homicide, drugs, and gender.  Special topics courses provide additional opportunities for distinctive study.

Graduate Internship programs provide students the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge in real world settings. Student interns gain valuable experience in a criminal justice field of their choosing. This experience can serve as a precursor for future employment in that field.

Individuals who are interested in social justice and wish to serve people and their communities often gravitate to this unique area of study. Social Justice and Criminology majors are prepared for employment in a range of professional settings that may include local and federal law enforcement agencies and private organizations, where they serve as victim advocates, correctional officers, substance abuse counselors, vocational instructors, parole or probation officer, juvenile probation officers, investigators, and in many other areas.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once all requirements have been met, the graduate committee will typically make a determination within four to six weeks. To apply, the following requirements must be met:

1. An undergraduate degree in the proposed area of study or a related area. Applicants must submit the most current copy of their transcript.

2. Option A: A minimum acceptable overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 GPA on all major and other relevant coursework completed during the applicant’s last 60 undergraduate hours.


Option B: Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirement may be considered for provisional admission to the program by submitting three academic letters of recommendation.

3. Two graded writing samples from undergraduate work must be submitted. These writing samples should be submitted as photocopies (digitally or hard copy) along with the name of the professor and contact information.

4. GRE (Graduate Record Examination) must be taken and official scores should be sent to the University. Scores sent by applicants will not be accepted. Acceptable scores will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the graduate committee.

5. 300-500 word ‘statement of purpose’ essay. In this essay, discuss your motivation for applying to the program, your career plans, and your background to include any barriers or challenges that you have overcome.

For more information contact Dr. William Ash-Houchen at washhouchen@deltastate.edu.