Below are a number of frequently asked questions about the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Lewis University. If you have a question that is not listed below, call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor.

What makes the online Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) different from other criminal justice master's degrees?

Lewis University takes the study of criminal justice administration to a new and more socially relevant level by combining a world-class criminal justice education with a unique perspective on the complex ethical and social issues faced by law enforcement, public safety and social service personnel on a daily basis. With the online Criminal Justice Master's from Lewis University, you'll learn the leadership, administration and critical thinking skills you need to achieve success at the highest levels of public and private sector, law enforcement and intelligence while gaining valuable skills to preserve social justice and human rights.

How long will it take to earn the online Criminal Justice Master's?

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Lewis University is a 36-hour program. If you stay on the recommended online course schedule, you should earn the degree in two years. Lewis University's Admissions Counselors will be with you every step of the way to keep you on track.

What are the admissions requirements?

To be admitted into the online Criminal Justice Master's program, you must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with:

  • A major in a social or behavioral science, OR
  • Be currently serving as a criminal justice practitioner, OR
  • If the bachelor's degree is not social or behavioral science related, and if not currently serving as a criminal justice practitioner, successfully complete two criminal justice courses selected by the program director with a grade of "B" or better prior to admission as a degree candidate.

Full admission to the MSCJ program requires an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Provisional admission is available for students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and who complete nine credit hours in the MSCJ program with a GPA of at least 3.0.

To apply, please submit the following items:

  • Completed online application
  • Completed statement of purpose
  • Official academic transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Application fee

How do I attend online classes? Do I have to be at my computer at a certain time every day?

As an online student at Lewis University, you'll log on to a user-friendly online learning system to complete assignments and exams, just like a traditional college course. Dedicated professors are a call or an email away for questions or support, and lively discussion forums give you the chance to interact frequently with instructors and other students. Coursework can be accessed online anytime, but assignments must be completed by the due dates assigned by each instructor.

Is Lewis accredited?

Yes. Lewis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the online Criminal Justice Master's degree is identical to the degree offered on campus.

How much does it cost? Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to those who qualify through a variety of public and private sources. To find out more about available financial aid options, qualifications and the application process, please see our financial aid page. To discuss tuition rates and various payment options, please call (866) 967-7046 to speak with a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information.

How do I get started?

Your journey to greater personal and professional success begins with a call to (866) 967-7046 to speak directly to a Graduate Admissions Counselor or request more information, and we'll reach out to you. If you already know Lewis University is the right place to earn your Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree, you can go ahead and begin the online application process.