Justice Studies Department

MS - Criminology, Concentration in Global Criminology, Law and Justice (Special Session Program)

The Department of Justice Studies at San José State University, offers an online Master of Science in Criminology with a Concentration in Global Criminology designed to adapt to the ever-changing environment of the justice and legal systems, and the discipline of criminology. It uniquely combines advanced study of contemporary international crime and the various responses to crime around the globe with analytic and research techniques used by advanced scholars. It provides an international comparative curriculum that develops analytical skills, understanding of legal concepts, theoretical competency, and abilities to apply criminology in practical ways. It aims to equip graduates with a truly global outlook on crime and criminal justice, a commitment to international justice, and professional competencies to apply practices from around the globe to meet the particular needs of their communities.

This degree program is housed in the Department of Justice Studies. More information is available at

Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Claudio Vera Sanchez (

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS in Criminology program, applicants must complete the university admission requirements, as well as have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university, minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 credits of coursework, a general understanding of computers and technology, and access to a computer with Internet. International applicants must have a TOEFL score of 550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based), or 80 (Internet Based).

International (Foreign) Students

Documentation of the applicant's TOEFL score should accompany other admission material. For TOEFL Requirements see Policies and Procedures section, Graduate and Post baccalaureate information.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy

For advancement to candidacy for the Master of Science degree in Criminology, Concentration in Global Criminology, students must meet the general university requirements for admission to candidacy outlined in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog. The University requires that all graduate students complete the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) as a condition for advancement to candidacy. Please refer to the SJSU catalog section titled "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" for details. For graduate courses that meet the GWAR, please refer to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website at

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, GPA, and culminating experience requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Graduate Policies and Procedures.

Graduation Requirements for the MS - Criminology, Concentration in Global Criminology.

Each student must take a core curriculum of 15 units (JS 265, 266, 271, 272, and 273). Elective courses must be 200-level courses in the department. Subject to graduate coordinator approval, two graduate courses in other departments or programs may be taken as electives, if the student demonstrates their relevance to the student's program of study and/or career goals. Undergraduate courses may not count toward the 30 units of required graduate course work. Students who are academically or administratively disqualified from the program will generally not be readmitted.

Special Session Program Information

Academic Programs offered through Special Session are operated by the College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE). Registration and enrollment in a Special Session course or program must use the special session application form and will follow special session fee and course schedules. Note that regular session students seeking to enroll simultaneously in a special session course or program will trigger a separate and additional set of fees. This may require an additional enrollment appointment from the Registrar and it may have implications for financial aid status or requirements. Please visit the CPGE website for more information.

Course Requirements

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For information on the GWAR, please see
Requirements of the Masters30
Core Courses15
JS 265. Comparative Criminal Justice SystemsGWAR3
JS 266. Applied Research Methods and Statistics3
JS 271. International Human Rights3
JS 272. Policing in Global Contexts3
JS 273. International Criminology and Juvenile Delinquency3
Concentration Requirements12
JS 267. Crime and Gender Around the World3
JS 268. Immigration and International Law3
JS 269. Cyber Forensics3
JS 270A. Global Terrorism3
Culminating Experience3
JS 274. Applied Project3

Total Units:30