As part of our series How to Fully Fund Your Master’s Degree, here is a list of universities that offer fully funded Master’s in Criminal Justice. A Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice can lead to many careers, including work as a supervisory criminal investigator, federal agent, security manager, criminologist, and more.
“Full funding” is a financial aid package for full-time students that includes full tuition remission as well as an annual stipend or salary during the entire program, which for Master’s degrees is usually 1-2 years. Funding usually comes with the expectation that students will teach or complete research in their field of study. Not all universities fully fund their master’s students, which is why researching the financial aid offerings of many different programs, including small and lesser-known schools both in the U.S. and abroad, is essential.
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Universities that fund Master’s in Criminal Justice students:
University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL): Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis after the Graduate Committee’s discretionary assessment of the quality of each student’s (1) academic performance prior to admission, (2) academic performance after admission (when applicable), and (3) professional performance as a departmental employee (when applicable). They come with a monthly paycheck that goes directly to the student, along with significant tuition and health insurance support.
East Carolina University (Greenville, NC): Students admitted into a graduate program may be awarded financial support in the form of an assistantship of teaching, research, and administrative support. These programs provide financial support to enable students to focus their research and academic endeavors. Students will be selected based on an evaluation of academic records, recommendations, experience, and other relevant criteria. Graduate Assistantships are contingent upon institutional funding.
University of Houston-Downtown (Houston, Texas): Graduate assistants will be paid a stipend of $15,000 to be distributed over the fall, spring and summer semesters. In exchange, assistants spend 15 hours a week doing a variety of tasks which may include assisting with grading undergraduate assignments, grading undergraduate examinations, assistance with faculty research projects, or other administrative responsibilities. Applications are competitive, as only 2 graduate assistantships are awarded each academic year.
Illinois State University (Normal, IL): Graduate assistants receive monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage, a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment, a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment. They offer tuition waivers to students who show promise for success and have not received a fellowship or other funding awards.
Portland State University (Portland, Oregon): The CCJ Department offers several internal funding options to graduate students. A number of our students receive some form of assistance to help offset the costs of their graduate degrees. The funding options include partial remission, campus assistantships, and online graduate assistantships that provide both tuition remission and a stipend.
Saint Louis University (St. Louis, MO): The Doerr Fellowship for Equity and Inclusion is a full-tuition fellowship funded by the School of Social Work. There are also full and partial graduate assistantship options that provide tuition remission.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN): The Department has full time assistantships available through the Graduate School. Full-time awards include a stipend and full tuition waiver each semester. Graduate Assistantships consist of a monetary stipend plus a tuition and fee waiver. There are a limited number of these full and part-time merit-based assistantships and they are awarded on a competitive basis.
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