About Us

Welcome to the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

The School conducts cutting-edge research to understand some of the most challenging problems posed by crime and emerging risks – firearms violence, cybercrime, environmental crime, product counterfeiting, terrorism, gender-based violence, and youth violence – and then engages with policy makers and practitioners to advance justice. We are home of the oldest continuous degree granting program in Criminal Justice in the U.S. In academic year 2018, over 721 students were enrolled, and 236 students graduated joining the ranks of our impressive and valued alumni base, which numbers over 11,000.

The School offers a number of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master, and doctoral levels. We offer the MS in Criminal Justice and the MS in Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysis (LEIA) in an on-line format. Our graduate programs are ranked in the top 10 nationally by US News & World Reports.

The School is home to over 30 faculty known both nationally and internationally for their expertise. Reflective of the inter-disciplinary nature of the field, our faculty come from a range of backgrounds including criminology, law, history, 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 crime, conduct research on crimes and emerging risks, and prepare students to utilize evidence-based practices and to become leaders committed to advancing justice. Our vision is to use science to advance 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 mfinn@msu.edu.