Criminal Justice and 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

Master of Criminal Justice: Policy and Practice


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 and October 1st for Spring admission. Standard admission is rolling and prospective students are encouraged to have their applications completed within one month before the start of the semester seeking enrollment.


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 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:



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