Director’s Message

MSU Campus - Spring

Welcome to the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University, home of the oldest continuous degree granting program in Criminal Justice in the U.S. In calendar year 2014, over 900 students were enrolled, and nearly 300 students graduated joining the ranks of our impressive and valued alumni base, which numbers over 11,000.

People- Finn- MaryThe School offers a number of degree programs, including the BA, MS, and PhD in Criminal Justice and the MS in Forensic Science on our beautiful campus in East Lansing, and the MS in Criminal Justice, MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis (LEIA), and MS in Judicial Administration (JA) in an on-line format. In addition, the School offers a number of Certificate programs that students may earn either independently or while on the pathway towards degree (Certificates in LEIA, JA, Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection, Conservation Criminology, International Focus, Homeland Security, and Security Management). These degree offerings reflect the range of interests of faculty in the School, who study both core criminology and justice issues, as well as emerging areas of crime and innovative responses to crime in the 21st century.

The School houses over 30 faculty known both nationally and internationally for their expertise in such areas as public and private policing, law enforcement intelligence and counter-terrorism, community supervision, forensic science, cybercrime, gender-based violence and victimization, terrorism, youth violence and prevention, conservation criminology, and international crime and justice. Reflective of the inter-disciplinary nature of the field, several faculty hold joint appointments with other academic units, such as Sociology, Fisheries and Wildlife, and Environmental Science.

True to the pioneering land-grant mission of Michigan State University, the School has a strong and proud tradition of both advancing and translating knowledge into practice and policy through engagement with local, state, national and international partners in both public and private sectors. Through the training of law enforcement, the judiciary, and emergency responders, the outreach efforts targeted at reducing gun violence and gang-related violence, and the research efforts undertaken to address emerging crimes, such as environment crime, cybercrime, counterfeiting, gender-based violence, and terrorism, our School seeks to improve the quality of life in our communities.

I encourage you to learn more about the School by browsing through our website or contacting me via e-mail at mfinn@msu.edu. You will find a School committed to academic excellence, with a community of faculty, professional staff, and students who are actively engaged in the important and emerging areas of criminological and justice research and are committed to translating that knowledge to enhance the quality of life locally and globally.