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MA In Criminal Justice Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I don't live in Kansas or Wichita. Can I still apply?
Q: How do I apply?
Q: When can I apply?
Q: Is program acceptance easy?
Q: Will you evaluate my transcript before I apply to see what graduate credits will transfer?
Q: What do I need to graduate?
Q: Are all of the courses online?
Q: How long will it take to complete the program?
Q: Will I be able to drop out a semester or two and still complete my degree?
Q: What is the cost per credit hour?
Q: Is online learning right for me?
Q: What technology do I need for this program?
Q: What are the advantages of earning my MA?
Q: How can I get additional information about the MA in Criminal Justice Program?


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Q: I don't live in Kansas or Wichita. Can I still apply?

Because this is a fully online program, you can complete this degree from wherever you are. No on-campus time will be required for the online Criminal Justice programs at Wichita State. Before enrolling, please verify the State Authorization information for your state by clicking here.

State Authorization is a rule which requires schools to be approved by the state where online learners reside. It is important for online students to understand not only that WSU is approved in their state of residence, but also where to go in the event a complaint needs to be made. All of this information is provided for students on the State Authorization Page, click here for State Authorization information.

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Q: How do I apply?

First, students need to be admitted to the university. The application for admission to WSU is available online at the WSU graduate schools website. Arrange to have official transcripts sent to the graduate school.  Through the online Graduate School Application you must also be prepared to submit a brief letter of interest detailing your specific interests in criminal justice and potential career plans. You must also arrange to have two letters of reference sent through the online application.

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Q: When can I apply?

Application review is ongoing. There is no deadline. 

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Q: Is program acceptance easy?

Those meeting the qualifications will be accepted. To be considered admissible, applicants must have:
• 3.0 GPA based on the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work
• Two strong letters of recommendation  

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Q: Will you evaluate my transcript before I apply to see what graduate credits will transfer?

Students can transfer up 12 hours of graduate credits from an accredited graduate program. Contact the criminal justice graduate coordinator (316) 978-6305 to inquire as to what graduate courses will transfer.

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Q: What do I need to graduate?

To graduate with a MA degree in Criminal Justice from WSU, you must complete 36 hours of criminal justice graduate courses, including the 12 hours of core courses -- CJ 802; CJ 893; CJ 894; CJ 897 which must be completed with a B or better in each class. The remaining 24 criminal justice credit hours may be selected by the student based on their individual interests. Of the 36 credit hours, 24 credit hours must be in courses numbered 700 or above.       

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Q: Are all of the courses online?

Yes. The program in completely online.

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Q: How long will it take to complete the program?

Degree completion times vary from student to student. Most students complete the program in 24 months. Students can take up to six years to complete this program. The amount of time it will take you depends on two primary factors:

  1. The amount of time you wish to spend on your program each semester.
  2. Your self-motivation and determination.

Many students proceed through the program at a rapid pace, don't assume doing so is easy. WSU programs are quite rigorous. A successful student will invest 12 to 18 hours per week, per class. Your pace is yours to determine. Your advisor can assist you in developing a personalized estimate of your time to completion.

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Q: Will I be able to drop out a semester or two and still complete my degree?

A student can "stop out" for one or more semesters and re-enter to complete the courses in the program. Keep in mind that all coursework needs to be completed within six years of your start date.

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Q: What is the cost per credit hour?

Online Undergraduate Tuition - $320.41 per credit hour
Online Graduate Tuition - $396.82 per credit hour

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Q: Is online learning right for me?

To determine if online learning is the right fit for you, visit our student resources page.

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Q: What technology do I need for this program?

Learn more about computer skills and preparation needed for online courses at WSU.

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Q: What are the advantages of earning my MA?

If you are a future or current criminal justice practitioner the MA will market you for advancement within your agency. It is not uncommon for many criminal justice organizations to require graduate degrees for advancement. Moreover, for those preparing to apply for criminal justice jobs the MA will make you more employable and competitive. Many of our students earn the MA as a prelaw preparation for law school.   Other students earn the MA to because they plan to further their studies in Ph.D. programs -- these students typically have a desire to enter into university teaching and research jobs.

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Q: How can I get additional information about the MA in Criminal Justice Program?

All prospective candidates may contact the Criminal Justice department with any questions or concerns by phone at (316) 978-6305; by email at CJonline@wichita.edu

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