Online Master’s Program

 Program Application Requirements

  • Proof of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Proof of previous academic achievement, illustrated by GPA
  • GRE score (not required for applicants with five or more years of related professional experience)
  • International students whose native language is not English must provide a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A 300- to 500-word personal statement describing your reasons for seeking a professional degree through a distance learning program
  • Your current resume


The program requires a total of 36 hours of graduate credit. Of these, 15 hours will be required of all students as core courses, which we list below. The remaining 21 credits will come from electives. Of these, 12 credit hours should come from courses within the College Of Criminology and Criminal Justice, but up to 9 hours of electives may come from approved courses from other disciplines. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned in all core courses. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. 

Core Courses

CCJ 5606 Survey Criminological Theories (3)

The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with a deeper understanding of criminological theory. Physiological, genetic, psychological, and psychiatric theories of criminal behavior.

CCJ 5285 Survey of Criminal Justice Theory & Research (3)

An overview of the theoretical issues and research on the law and legal control of deviance in society.

CCJ 5078 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice (3)

An introductory course in the use of the computer and the Internet. Will include discussion of the use of these technologies within the criminal justice system. Class will cover word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and Internet applications such as email, chat, forum discussions, search engines, web page browsers, etc.

CCJ 5705 Research Methods in Criminology I (3)

Research design for criminological studies with an emphasis on data collection methods and measurement of validity and reliability.

CCJ 5706. Applied Statistics in Criminology I (3)

This course focuses on the use of statistical techniques in criminology.

Elective Courses

CCJ 5669 Race, Ethnicity, Crime & Social Justice (3)

This course considers the relationships among race, ethnicity, and crime in the justice system. The effect of social policy on racial and ethnic inequality is studied, and theories of ethnic and racial justice are presented in terms of their effect on crime and criminal justice.

CJL 5420 Criminal Law, Procedures & Individual Rights (3)

The criminal justice system is based upon substantive and procedural criminal law. It is also a system of rights. This class considers the definitions and development of criminal law, criminal procedure and criminal rights, with special attention to constitutional theory and practice.

CCJ 5546 Prevention & Treatment Of Crime & Delinquency (3)

Theoretical development of crime prevention, punishment, and treatment. Topics include historical models of crime control, growth of crime prevention, and aspects such as environmental design, community action programs, and technology systems.

CCJ 5636 Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice (3)

Courses covers a large quantity of factual information about the nature and amount of transnational crime and about the agencies which study and seek to control transnational crime.

CCJ 5456 Criminal Justice Administration (3)

An application of organization and administration theories to the criminal justice system. The course uses an interactionist perspective of Administration to facilitate understanding of the fundamentals of all organizations, including criminal justice organizations.

CJC 5020 Penology (3)

A survey of approaches to corrections, correctional institutions, their residents, programs and management, and special problems such as probation and parole, riots, outside contacts, and special institutions.

CJE 5024 Police & Society (3)

A social psychological examination of current issues and problems in municipal law enforcement, including such topics as the informal exercise of police authority, police role conflict, the relative significance of law enforcement and social service, and interactional dynamics of police subculture.

CCJ 6665 Victimology (3)

Introduces students to the field of victimology and explores its conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature within various subareas. The course will explore policy developments and practical applications which stem from the concern over victims.The progression from a criminal to a victim justice system will be emphasized.

CCJ 5981r Directed Individual Study (3) (S/U grade only)

A course with contents determined by the student in consultation with the instructor, with whom the student meets regularly for supervision of the study. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 semester hours.

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit is awarded for graduate course work completed at an accredited institution of higher learning. Up to 6 credit hours may be applied as credit towards your degree.

Textbook Information

Some of your online learning courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet , which will include some combination of the following:

  • Study Guide: This is your key to the course, as it contains your course syllabus, descriptions of course activities and resources, assignments, and a course calendar. It may also provide additional course content.
  • Textbooks: Most courses have required readings, which include textbooks and other published materials.
  • Media: These could include video and audiotapes and/or CD-ROMs.

How to order

Course packets and materials for the online classes are usually available at one of the bookstores listed below. In some cases, individual instructors may choose to make materials available through other outlets.

When ordering, be certain to include the following:

  1. Course prefix and number (e.g., CCJ 5078)
  2. Section number (e.g., section 01 or 02)
  3. Course Title (e.g. Computer Applications in Criminal Justice)
  4. Semester and Year (e.g., Summer 2003)
  5. Your name and complete street shipping address

FSU Bookstore Information

  Florida State University (Follett)
Mailing address FSU Bookstore
Main Level – Parking Garage
Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4113
Online ordering Order online with Efollett
E-mail address Email the FSU Bookstore
Phone # (toll free) 1-800-255-3781
Fax # 1-850-644-9953
Method of payment accepted Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, check, or money order
Shipping Charge Yes

System Requirements

You need basic computer ware to take distance courses. You must own or have regular access to:

  • A Computer
  • An Internet Service Provider
  • A telephone ( In addition you may wish to have a dedicated line such as phone, cable, DSL etc.—for your Internet connection.)
  • A TV and VCR ( Some courses use videotapes.)

Computer Specs Required

Check the recommended minimums for new computers here.

Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition: $553.70 per credit hour
    + Resident Fee: $30.18 per credit hour
    + Non Resident Financial Aid Fee: $30.16 per credit hour
    = $614.04 per credit hour
  • Student Facility Use Fee: $20.00 per semester

Related Links

Related Downloads

2014-2015 Distance Learning Handbook
2013-2014 Distance Learning Handbook
2011-2012 Distance Learning Handbook
2010-2011 Distance Learning Handbook
Online Master's Degree Brochure
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2016-2017 Distance Learning Handbook
Online Master's Info Sheet
17-18 Distance Learning Handbook
19-20 Distance Learning Handbook
20-21 Distance Learning Handbook
21-22 Distance Learning Handbook

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