The Department of Criminal Justice at California State University, Stanislaus, is located within 90 miles of several major cities, including Sacramento, San Francisco, Fresno, Stockton, and Oakland. The Department serves over 800 students in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and its students choose concentrations in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Forensics, and Criminal Legal Studies.

Spring 2024 Application Deadline:

Oct. 31, 2023 (see below for application process)

The Master in Criminal Justice program offers a ‘generalist’ degree that prepares post-graduates for a variety of careers within the field of criminal justice, including but not limited to;

  • criminal justice administration (i.e., policing, corrections, courts, juvenile justice)
  • higher education, including teaching and doctoral programs
  • research and policy centers
  • public service
  • community-based organizations and not-for-profit agencies

Our Masters program’s curriculum trains post-graduates with a breadth of skills and knowledge in core content areas that meet the standards set forth by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Core courses in our program include advanced criminology, critical analysis of the criminal justice system, criminal justice planning and program evaluation, research strategies and applied data analysis, management of criminal justice organizations, and instructional strategies for criminal justice.

The Masters in Criminal Justice curriculum draws upon faculty expertise in a variety of specialized areas, which students can study in more depth through electives, independent study, and thesis papers. Our faculty are teacher/scholars whose research interests and publications examine the following topics;

  • Mass Incarceration
  • Urban Policing and Police Practices
  • Prisoner Rights and Reentry
  • Constitutional Law and Procedure
  • Investigations
  • Offender Reintegration
  • Public Health
  • Hate Crimes
  • Immigration Control
  • Philosophy/Theory of Crime
  • Juvenile Justice (including Law and Procedure)
  • Crime Mapping
  • Forensic Science and Psychology
  • Crime in Latin America
  • Drug Policy
  • Comparative Criminal Justice

Program Information Sheet

Application Process

The online electronic application process is handled through CalState Apply where you will be applying to both the University and the Department in one process.

Contact Blake Randol, Ph.D., Program Director ( (209) 667- 3393 for more information.


Updated: August 24, 2023