Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice
What do a number of administrators in criminal justice and other social service agencies in the Omaha Metropolitan Area have in common? They have a master’s degree. Obtaining a professionally oriented master’s degree can help students advance their careers, improve their professional skills, develop new competencies, and change careers. A master’s degree can also help students obtain a job and earn a higher income. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in 2010 for individuals 25 and over with a master’s degree as their highest degree was 4 percent, compared to 5.4 percent for individuals with a bachelor’s degree, and 10.3 percent for individuals with a high school diploma. The median annual salary of master’s degree recipients was over $12,000 higher than the median salary for individuals who only held a bachelor’s degree.
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a professionally oriented Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. For detailed information on the Master of Science Program, feel free to download the Masters Student Handbook for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
The School also offers a number of flexible Master of Science degree options for students seeking a more specialized academic experience.
Master of Science Degree with Options in Public Administration or Counseling
Students are offered a choice of pursuing the Master of Science degree with an option in Public Administration or a Master of Science degree with an option in Counseling. The Public Administration Option is especially recommended for administrators or future administrators within the criminal justice system. The Counseling Option is designed for those who wish to work with juvenile and adult offenders in the criminal justice system. Students interested in either of these options should contact the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice Masters Program Coordinator.
Master of Social Work and Master of Science Dual Degree Option
Students can also pursue a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice and a Master of Social Work dual degree. More information about the dual degree program can be found in the Masters Student Handbook for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Master of Science Courses through Distance Education
Students can also complete a Master of Science degree or courses towards a Master of Science degree online through our Distance Education program. On-line course provide students with more control over their schedule, freeing up time for work, traditional courses, or other life responsibilities.
How to Apply
The application process is described online at the Office of Graduate Studies. All required materials (transcripts, personal statement, and recommendation letters) should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.
For More Information
Questions regarding any of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Master of Science degree options can be directed to Lisa Sample, Ph.D., Masters Program Chair.
Lisa Sample, Ph.D.