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Earn your degree in as little as one year from a top 20 university
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USC Bovard College’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare professionals working in the criminal justice field to advance in their careers.
If you’re ready to take the next step toward your professional success, we’re here to answer your questions and guide you through the admissions process.
You can also speak directly to our Program Ambassadors to learn about their experience in the program and hear first-hand how it benefited their career.
Our flexible curriculum can be completed in 1 or 2 years and we offer three start terms each year: fall, spring, and summer.
Information about our upcoming start term, application deadlines and information sessions can be found on this page under “Important Dates & Upcoming Events”. Please contact us if you are interested in applying for our next start, or have questions about a future term.
USC Bovard College completes a comprehensive review of all applications. We do not use a formula. Successful applicants will have demonstrated academic and professional success.
Applicants must have:
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, or foreign equivalent.
- For international applicants, a valid score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE).
Complete and submit your Graduate Admissions Application online. Within the application, you will need to provide the following application materials:
- Resume: Up-to-date professional resume or curriculum vitae
- Letters of Recommendation: 2-3 letters of recommendation
- Statement of Purpose: 1-2 page essay addressing why you are pursuing an MSCJ degree, how this program will help you in your career, and why the program at USC is a good fit for you
- Transcripts: Open, scan and upload official transcripts from each postsecondary institution (undergraduate and graduate) you have attended directly to the application portal. Additional information on transcript submission can be found here.
Submit your application with a $90 application fee. Fee waiver eligibility information is located here.
How to Apply
Ready to start your application? Additional information on how to complete your application can be found here.
Applicants should note that USC Bovard College is currently not accepting applications to the Online MS in Criminal Justice program from Arkansas, Minnesota, and Puerto Rico. If you live in a state or territory from which we are not currently accepting students, please reach out to the Bovard College Admissions Office. Their contact information is below.
The Online MS in Criminal Justice program does not qualify to issue Form I-20 to international students. International applicants should also contact the Bovard College Admissions Office to confirm their eligibility.
After You Apply
Check your email regularly, as you may receive important communications from the Admissions department regarding your application.
Contact USC Bovard College Admissions with any questions at 213-821-3000 or email us.