Criminal Justice is an impacted program at Sac State. If you are a new freshman, or plan on transferring in the future, this is what you need to know.

Fall 2016 Undergraduate Majors

Fall 2016 applications to the Criminal Justice major will be from February 1 to March 11, 2016.

Master's Program

Interested in a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice? Frequently-asked questions.

Master's Degree applications

The Criminal Justice Master's Degree Program is accepting both Spring and Fall applications. Click to find out about the current application period.


Welcome to the Division of Criminal Justice where we offer a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree as well as a minor in Criminal Justice.  We also offer a Forensic Investigation minor for Biology and Chemistry majors and a Forensic concentration for Biology majors. 

The Division strives to develop students with the skills needed to contribute to the knowledge base of best practices for justice systems, to train our graduate students to develop new knowledge and to advance the understanding of criminal justice for the scholarly and practice communities.  

The Division of Criminal Justice has a long history deeply rooted in public service.  In the almost seventy years of offering criminal justice classes, we have seen substantial change in the public’s perception of our governmental systems, in the services that are available, and in the very concept of justice.  Through many years of progressive hiring, the Division has evolved as well.  In today’s rapidly changing marketplace, the Division strives to see beyond the prevailing justice paradigm and develop students who will be competitive in a global marketplace.   We are committed to graduating students who are critical thinkers, strong writers and who will be active members of an engaged citizenry. 

To that end we offer a robust liberal arts curriculum with a respect for diversity, an emphasis on ethical reasoning and creative thinking, and a broad lens through which to analyze the science of criminal justice.  The Division is home to many ancillary student development opportunities including specialized training, mentoring, research and discussion forums.   The Division recently added a new crime scene lab with state of the art technology.  Through division resources and strong community relationships, we provide multiple professional development opportunities to a diverse student body. 
Please browse our website, and contact us with questions.  We welcome you to learn more about our Division and share in our success! 

Dr. Mary Maguire
Chair, Division of Criminal Justice

Our Mission

The mission of the Division of Criminal Justice is to prepare the leaders of tomorrow’s criminal justice community to make positive decisions.

Through a multi-disciplinary curriculum and a faculty with diverse expertise, experiences and perspectives, students are exposed to the theories, applications and ethics related to crime and justice.

Guided by a faculty dedicated to innovative teaching, scholarly achievement and service, students will become confident visionary professionals who appreciate evidenced based reasoning, creative and critical thinking, diversity, equity, and believe in lifelong learning.