What will my degree say?
It will say Master of Science. You will also receive a certificate stating Master of Science in Criminal Justice and your specialty track.
Is the program accredited?
NSU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
What are the benefits of an online environment?
Traditional courses require you to attend classes in person two or three days per week. With the online environment, you can check your e-mail and bulletin board at any time convenient to you in your own home.
Do you limit the number of students who can enroll in the program?
We do not limit the number of students who can enroll. We do however limit the class sizes.
How long will it take to complete my Master of Science in Criminal Justice?
There are three semesters offered each year: Fall (Aug), Winter (Jan), Summer (May) and typically students complete the program in two (2) years by taking two (2) courses per semester; however, if you wish to progress through the program at a more rapid pace you are welcome to register for more than two (2) classes each semester.
How many classes do I need to take to be considered a full-time student?
A student who is registered for a minimum of 2 courses is considered to be a full-time student.
How many credits can I transfer towards the Master of Science in Criminal Justice?
Students may transfer a maximum of 6 credits if they meet the following minimum criteria:
- Course taken was at the graduate level with a letter grade of "B" or better
- Transfer course(s) documented on an official transcript supplied by the student
- Transfer course(s) completed within the last five (5) years
- Transfer of course(s) approved by the Criminal Justice Program Director
Can I take two or more specialty tracks?
Yes. It is possible for students to take additional specialty tracks. Students must complete four (4) courses within a given track to get credit for that track. Students who choose to do two (2) or more tracks will not need to take any additional elective courses as the courses taken in the additional tracks will count toward the three (3) elective credits requirement.
Is financial aid available for students taking online courses?
Yes, financial aid is available for online courses. Individuals should evaluate their eligibility for financial aid by calling the Office of Student Financial Aid at (954) 262-3380 or 800-522-3243.
Do I need an undergraduate degree?
Yes. In order to be admitted into the program you need an undergraduate degree. However, a coordinated program with the NSU Farqhuar Center can lead to the completion of your undergraduate degree with a seamless transition into the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program. For more information, please complete the online form or call us at (954) 262-8500 or toll free at 800-986-3223 ext. 28500.
When should I complete an Application for Degree?
An application for degree should be submitted with payment no later than the last term in which your program will be completed.
Where do I obtain an Application for Degree Form?
To access the Online Application for Degree/Diploma, you must first read these important instructions.
How do I register for courses?
To register for courses you must first be formally accepted into one of our programs. To learn how to become a student, please visit our admissions page.
Students must register for courses during the registration periods each term. To register for your courses, please login to SharkLink where you will find all of your course planning and registration tools, how to order your books online, access to your online courses, and other useful academic information.
How do I request more information?
If you would like additional information, please complete the following form or contact us by telephone at (954) 262-8500 or toll free at 800-986-3223 ext. 28500.