Director’s Message

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 2017, over 772 students were enrolled, and 260 students graduated joining the ranks of our impressive and valued alumni base, which numbers over 11,000.

Photo of Mary FinnThe 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 and MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis (LEIA) 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, 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, and international crime and justice. Reflective of the inter-disciplinary nature of the field, our faculty come from a range of backgrounds including public health, developmental psychology, environmental social science, biology, and chemistry.

True to the pioneering land-grant mission of Michigan State University, the School of Criminal Justice 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. We engage in leadership development of public safety professionals, partner with communities to reduce gun violence and gang-related violence, and conduct research on crimes and emerging risks, including environmental crime, cybercrime, product protection, gender-based violence, terrorism, and genocide. Our vision is to use science to transform justice, thereby improving 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