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The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a public, research university offering a distance learning program that has convenience, affordability and quality degree options through the College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services. On-campus attendance is not required for the distance learning program. An ongoing support system assists students with all the steps of a graduate education program including admission, registration, orientation, online learning, technology and a “virtual” graduation. 

The online program in Criminal Justice is a Master of Science degree that has graduated over 1,500 students in its 10-year history. The curriculum covers 11 courses / 33 semester hours to include the theoretical foundations of the study of crime and criminal justice, research and problem solving, policy analysis, trends in corrections and policing, and criminology.  

Students applying to the program must have a Bachelor’s degree in any field of study from a regionally accredited institution, a 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale) in the last two years of college work, a 2.75 GPA in all college work, or a 2.5 GPA in the last two years of college plus five years of work experience in criminal justice. 

Students with some graduate credit must have a 3.25 GPA in nine hours of graduate credit and five years’ work experience in criminal justice, or a 3.5 GPA in six hours of graduate credit in the Master of Science program at the University of Cincinnati as a non-degree student, and five years’ work experience in criminal justice. 

Those without the minimum academic admission standards must have a minimum combined score of 1,000 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam, or a minimum combined score of 297 on the verbal and quantitative parts of the Graduate Record Exam revised General Test. GRE scores are only valid for five years.  Applications for the Master of Science Criminal Justice online program are accepted for fall and spring semesters, and in summer. The university recently moved to a semester system, rather than quarters.

Students take one course at a time in the part-time graduate level program and two courses in the full-time program. Courses and assignments are available anytime, 24 hours a day, from any computer with Internet access. “Blackboard,” the university’s course design software, provides access to course information, academic materials, and communications with faculty and with other students. 

All courses are taught by full-time University of Cincinnati faculty of the School of Criminal Justice. Tuition varies by program level and sometimes the specific course of study, and on class enrollment each term. In general, graduate credit hour fees are about $800 per credit hour.

Stephenie Slahor, Ph.D., J.D., writes in the fields of law enforcement and security. She can be reached at

Published in Law and Order, Jan 2013

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