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M.A. Criminal Justice

What will I pay for MA in Criminal Justice program?

The cost of your degree depends on many factors, including:

  • Where you live
  • Where you will take classes online or on campus
  • Scholarships or student employment you receive
  • Time to complete

In addition, WOU many change tuition and fees between today and when you finish your program, changing the overall cost estimate.

Try the net price calculator in the Financial Aid pages and use the information below to sketch out your MA in Criminal Justice budget.


The MA in Criminal Justice program requires 45 total credits.

Starting fall term 2018, tuition for online courses will be $493 per graduate credit. Tuition and fee rates are determined by the Western Oregon University Rules for extended programs and are subject to change.

For on-campus courses, tuition and fees are combined in a per-credit resident rate, $657 starting fall 2018. In addition to those fees, students taking 6 hours or more are assessed a $139.00 health service fee.

You can take all/most of your courses online, which lends itself to fewer fees. Students who are taking only online courses will not be charged campus fees but may be charged fees related to that course (such as for materials or supplies).

Find more information about costs on the Financial Aid Department’s pages.


A $300 one-time matriculation fee is assessed on all new graduate students.

Financial Aid:

Please visit the Financial Aid pages to learn more about the programs available for graduate students. You can also check the Financial Aid Checklist for Graduate Students.

Graduate Student Assistantships:

Graduate Student Assistant Positions are a form of student employment, earning a compensation package including both salary and tuition remission for the performance of research or teaching services to the University as part of a student’s academic and professional training and development. More information is available on our Graduate Assistant page.

Apply for Fall 2019 positions (deadline April 1, 2019)

Graduate Student Lottery Scholarship:

Apply today for an opportunity to receive a minimum of $1000 and a maximum of $2500 per term for the academic year. Recipients of the scholarship must be enrolled in at least 9 credits during each term of support and maintain a 3.25 GPA. This scholarship can only be used by students taking graduate coursework from Western Oregon University.  Scholarships will be awarded by Graduate Programs in a competitive process.  Failure to maintain minimum standards of progress stated above will lead to forfeiture of the scholarship. This scholarship is non-renewable.


You can rely on the professionals behind the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program to help you grow in your career and take on leadership in the field of criminal justice. We are committed to developing long-lasting relationships with our online students. Ask us questions-about the process, about the field, or about your career. We look forward to your contributions to the field of criminal justice.  

Ready to get to know us better? Request more information or start the application process.



If you haven’t found the information you need or are still not sure where to direct your question, contact Jennifer Willard at willardj@wou.edu or 503-838-8733 Fax: 503-838-9707

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Jill recently finished her 16 week course for DPSST and works for the Independence Police Department. "Getting my Criminal Justice MA from WOU has been one of the best decisions of my life. It has allowed me to pursue and succeed in a number of diverse roles within the criminal justice system. My degree, and the knowledge I gained from the program has given me great confidence and the flexibility to map out my own career path. I have recommended the program to many colleagues and will continue to do so."

Jill Thissel-Alumni

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

"I do not fear failure. I only fear the slowing up of the engine inside of me which is pounding, saying, keep going, someone must be on top, why not you? –General George S. Patton My motivation to keep pushing forward are the men and women veterans who have signed a blank check in order to protect the rights and freedoms we so often take for granted. Western Oregon University has given me the opportunity through the Criminal Justice program to give back to those men and women who need the support of the community."

Gerrad McElroy-Current Student

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice