Interested in making the world a fairer, safer place? Eastern Kentucky University’s Criminology and Criminal Justice program might be the right path for you. Get a broad-based academic experience, learn the theory behind responsible public policy and reform, and prepare for a meaningful career of public service. This program focuses on addressing the problems and issues our society faces with regard to crime and our reaction to crime within a larger cultural and structural context.

Criminal justice graduates are expected to be:

  • Conversant with the theoretical and legal principles in criminal justice
  • Knowledgeable of the essential research contributions in the discipline
  • Capable of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis appropriate to the discipline
  • Competent to assume leadership, policymaking, research and instructional responsibilities in criminal justice

Learn more below.

Degree Concentrations

Master of Science
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Admissions Requirements

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Have a 3.0 GPA overall OR 3.25 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Earn GRE combined scores of:
    • At least 286 on the verbal and qualitative portions of the GRE
    • Analytical score of 4.0
    • GRE: V=146, Q=140, AW=4.0
    • (GRE may be waived with previously earned graduate degree.)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation directly to:
    • The Criminal Justice Graduate Program Coordinator in the College of Justice & Safety
  • Apply to and meet the admission requirements of the EKU Graduate School
  • Submit a personal statement to the EKU Graduate School, including
    1. Personal and professional objectives in pursuing an EKU Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice
    2. Primary and secondary motivations for pursuing this degree
    3. Your educational interests
    4. Potential research interests
    5. What you hope to accomplish


Job Opportunities for Graduates

  • Academic or applied careers in
    • Criminology
    • Social Justice Studies
    • Criminal Justice

Where are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Academic or professional schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • District attorneys’ offices
  • FBI
  • DEA
  • ATF
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • State departments
  • U.S. Marshals Service
  • Department of Agriculture

Career Outlook

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Ready to apply?

Visit the EKU Graduate School website to get started.


Dr. Victoria Collins
Website: Criminal Justice Graduate Studies and Research
Phone: 859-622-7998