What will I learn?

The University of Tampa's Master of Science degree program in criminology and criminal justice prepares students for both practitioner and management careers in criminal justice and public safety.


  • Launch or advance your career in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, victim advocacy or criminal justice management
  • Begin program in fall, spring or summer; graduate within two years
  • Earn credentials to pursue doctoral studies or to teach at the college level
  • Choose thesis or non-thesis option based on educational or career goals
  • Conduct research with faculty members
  • Integrated B.S./M.S. option available for qualified undergraduates

Comprehensive Curriculum

Students gain the theoretical groundwork along with the research and statistical skills needed to design and evaluate effective public safety policy and practice. Courses also provide in-depth study of the structure of the criminal justice system.

Course Offerings

  • Proseminar in criminal justice issues
  • Criminological theory
  • Criminal justice policy and program evaluation
  • Research design and methods
  • Statistics for criminal justice research
  • Ethical issues in criminal justice
  • Policing and public policy
  • Corrections and public policy
  • Justice, law and public policy
  • Victimology
  • White collar crime
  • Comparative criminal justice systems

Thesis and Non-Thesis Tracks

Students may choose between thesis and non-thesis tracks. The non-thesis option is designed for those currently employed or seeking employment in the criminal justice system. The thesis option is ideal for students planning to enter a doctoral program following graduation. Students choosing this track will be required to submit an electronic version of their thesis to the Macdonald-Kelce Library for inclusion in the digital repository, which is accessible on the internet. Students may choose to release the work for immediate access worldwide or choose embargoes restricting access of full text to only The University of Tampa community for one, three or five years, before the work is released freely on the web through the repository.

Flexible Schedule

Students may begin the program during the fall, spring or summer terms. Courses can be taken in any sequence, with degree completion full-time within one calendar year or part-time within calendar two years.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education

Study options

Full Time (Within two years)

Tuition fees
USD $655 per credit hour/USD $327.50 per audit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

31 August 2020, 19 January 2021


College of Social Sciences, Mathematics and Education



33606, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the international equivalent of a U.S. undergraduate degree. 3.0 GPA overall or in the last 60 hours of coursework.

For international students

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum score of 90 or a minimum score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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About this uni

University of Tampa is a highly regarded independent institution regularly ranked as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes.

  • Top class faculty with 17:1 ratio to students
  • Extensive career advice services
  • Desirable location on Florida east coast
  • Financial aid for 92% of students