The One Year Online Master of Science in Juvenile Justice

The Online Master of Science degree in Juvenile Justice is designed to prepare graduates to actively participate in the development of knowledge in juvenile justice and develop their skills as practitioners in the system. The program is based on a multidisciplinary study of all facets of the juvenile justice system. The disciplines of sociology, criminology, psychology, economics, administration, methodology, and statistics are built into the program. Our faculty has experience and expertise encompassing the broad spectrum of the juvenile justice system.

The educational objectives of the Online Master of Science in Juvenile Justice (MSJJ) are designed to:

  •  Enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and resourcefulness related to detained and institutionalized juveniles in the juvenile justice system increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations and the etiologies of juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime
  •  Assure that students develop knowledge of the humanistic, technical, and scientific aspects of juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime
  •  Increase students’ knowledge concerning effective methods to intervene and prevent juvenile delinquency
  • Increase students’ skills in how to conduct research and evaluate programs related to juvenile delinquency
  • Expand students’ knowledge of programs and policies related to juvenile delinquency

The Online MSJJ Program requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours. Two options are available for students: thesis and non-thesis. Students opting for the thesis option must successfully complete 30 hours work in addition to 6 hours of thesis. The non-thesis option requires successful completion of 36 hours of course work and passing the comprehensive examinations. Students can apply throughout the year.

Degree Requirements 

Application Instructions – Please read all information carefully before applying to the program.  More specifically, each applicant must complete the Prairie View A&M Graduate School Application (i.e., Apply Texas) and the departmental application.  Please refer to each of the link below to access and review the  MSJJ application.  Please email the MSJJ application to  If you have any questions about this process or need further assistance, please contact Mrs. Sandy Siegmund (

MSJJ Application Form

Online One-Year Master's Degree in Juvenile Justice

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