Legal Studies

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Master of Criminal Justice – In-person Degree Option

Criminal Justice Policy & Practice

Learn applied research skills to promote evidence-based policy and practice in fields of criminal justice from nationally recognized experts actively engaged in research on topics of crime and justice policy, applied criminology, international crime, racial disparities, restorative justice, among many other topics



The admission requirements for the MCJ Policy & Practice program option are linked below. Prospective students seeking funding opportunities must apply before April 1st for fall admission (the deadline has been extended until May 1st due to the COVID-19 pandemic response). We accept rolling admission for all other students with application deadlines one month prior to the term seeking admission.


Program Requirements

The MCJ Policy & Practice program option is a 30-credit degree program providing students with the foundations needed to master applied methodological and theoretical knowledge to engage in policy analysis and decision-making. All students must take 12-credits of core classes, one additional research/statistics elective, 4-5 elective courses, and have three options for program completion (practicum, capstone course, or thesis).


Funding Opportunities

The department has funds to support selected graduate students. These funded Graduate Assistantship positions are competitive and provide a stipend and tuition waivers. For more information on the Graduate Assistantship as well as other graduate funding option, check out the links below:

  • Graduate Assistantships (coming soon)
  • Graduate School – Scholarships and Financial Aid Options (coming coon)



Information relevant to current MCJ students can be found at the links to the right.