Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Master of Criminal Justice

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Online

Description: Students graduating from the master's program will be prepared for doctoral studies in criminal justice or related social sciences or eventually occupying administrative and policy-making positions in law enforcement, court, and correctional agencies. Three types of students are served by the Master of Criminal Justice degree: those ultimately interested in teaching and research in criminal justice and related fields; individuals already employed in criminal justice agencies who need graduate-level training to upgrade their credentials; and pre-service students who show the potential for graduate studies and who desire entry into certain criminal justice positions.

Delivery method: Canvas.

Requirements: Varies depending on the option selected by the student.

  • Focused Coursework Option: 36 credit hours

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

To apply:

You need to be admitted to the Graduate School at NMSU. You can apply to the Graduate Admissions. Once the Graduate School receives your application, transcripts from prior universities and/or colleges, and your application fee, they will make an admission decision and notify you directly of that decision. It is very important that you submit this application form to the Graduate School 30 days prior to the MCJ program admission deadlines listed above. Failure to comply with this stipulation may cause your application file in the Department of Criminal of Justice to be incomplete by the deadline and could result in an unfavorable admission decision. You may submit all three letters of recommendation and your essay through the Graduate School Online Application System. Use the link below to apply: Graduate Admissions

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Web-based Master of Criminal Justice

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2018-09-11