Public Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice | Master of Arts Degree
The Master's Program is designed to prepare students for managerial and policy positions such as program evaluators, researchers, program directors, and policy makers. It also provides strong preparation for those wishing to pursue a PhD in these fields.
The program is open to students with BA or BS degrees and to advanced undergraduate students. Students who have already completed an undergraduate degree will normally need four semesters of full-time study to complete the MA.
The accelerated BA/MA in Public Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice allowes academically talented SLU undergraduate sociology and criminal justice majors to earn both a Bachelor's and Master's degree in five years.
[NEW:] The Personal Potential Index (PPI) will be required to complete your application for admission. Visit SLU's page about the PPI evaluations and requirements or go to The ETS page to learn more about the PPI.
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|Fall: May 1 (International: May 1)||Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G scores; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Three (3) Personal Potential Index evaluations
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|Spring: No admittance|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.2900
|Chair: Richard A. Colignon, Ph.D.
Admission Coordinator: Sharilyn Bazile
Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1
Required Additional Application Materials for International Students
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.
- All aspects of a candidate's application are considered equally and evenly.
- An 3.0 or higher GPA
- A review of GRE scores
- A review of TOEFL scores (for International applicants)
Sociology & Criminal Justice Application Review Process
- Applications are reviewed by the admissions committee members
Inaugural program class has over 20 students, three of whom are graduate assistants
Rankings/Honors: The first master's students began coursework in the 2009 Fall Semester. | Sociology & Criminal Justice News & Events
Credit Hours/Coursework: 33 credit hours of graduate study with six hours devoted to electives. | Graduate Course Offerings
- Each candidate must select between a thesis (6 credit hours) or a non-thesis course of work (with comprehensive examination).
- All students are required to take 12 credit hours of core course work, 6 credit hours of practical course work, and a minimum of 9 credit hours of electives (15 credit hours if they elect to take the non-thesis option).
- Students must earn a "B" grade or better in all graduate courses taken to earn credit in the program.
- Students are expected to complete all course work within five years of admission.
Program Description: The MA trains students to identify and document insights into these social processes and structures in their future professions. Through teaching, research and service, sociology majors examine different ways people relate to one another through the organization of society and how its structures and cultures influence lives. Students explore large- and small-scale organizations, families, beliefs and social classes with opportunities for local, hands-on experience. | Master's Programs
Careers Possibilities: Market Research Analyst; Non-profit Administrator: Policy Analyst.
PUBLIC SOCIOLOGY -- This track prepares students for employment as researchers, administrators and policy makers in both the public and private sectors. Researchers may be involved in such areas as community development, urban planning, health care delivery, social welfare programs, and program evaluation. Graduates with strong computer and methodological skills may become researchers at research institutes, including the Census Bureau, public opinion centers, and other federal agencies.
CRIMINOLOGY/CRIMINAL JUSTICE -- This track prepares students for law school, PhD programs, and careers in the criminal justice field. Employment opportunities in the field of criminal justice range from police officers to judges, prosecutors to defense attorneys, probation and parole officers, investigators, and researchers in both the public and private sectors. The current security environment in the United States has further expanded job opportunities for students with an MA in criminology and criminal justice. | Alumni Information
Curriculum & Program Details: The program trains students to identify and document insights into these social processes and structures in their future professions. Courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty that maximizes the richness of concepts and methodologies of social sciences providing a strong foundation for analyzing the issues of justice, administration, and policy. The program is designed to prepare students for managerial and policy positions. | Graduate Course Descriptions
About the Sociology & Criminal Justice Faculty: Our award winning faculty in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice are nationally and internationally recognized scholars/teachers and dedicated mentors holding degrees in: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Social Geography, and Sociology. In addition to our departmental faculty, we have faculty members from the departments of Public Policy and Research Methodology. | Sociology & Criminal Justice Graduate Education Faculty
Scholarships & Financial Aid: Research and teaching assistantships are available to students who qualify. These awards are based on merit and include a stipend, tuition scholarship, and health insurance. | Student Financial Services at SLU
Program Highlights: The Master of Arts and Master of Arts (Research) degrees are exciting new programs, featuring the Combined BA/MA option for undergraduate students. Students accepted into the BA/MA program will take graduate level courses in the fourth and fifth years of study. This coursework will satisfy remaining undergraduate requirements, including the minor requirement, and count towards an MA. Sophomores may be able to start the combined BA/MA and still complete their degrees in five years. In 2009, the department opened their Forensic Science laboratory on campus, aiding the, undergraduate certification and graduate work-study requirements. | Faculty Research Disciplines