Criminal Justice Programs

Saint Leo University admissions are rolling, which means you can enroll at any time and begin your studies during one of our six convenient start dates throughout the year.

Follow the application process described below for these criminal justice programs:


  • M.S. Criminal Justice with Behavioral Studies Specialization
  • M.S. Criminal Justice with Criminal Investigation Specialization
  • M.S. Criminal Justice with Critical Incident Management Specialization
  • M.S. Criminal Justice with Forensic Science Specialization
  • M.S. Emergency and Disaster Management
  • Graduate Degree in Criminal Justice Management


We base our admission decisions on consideration of all criteria. Each applicant is evaluated individually. Your motivation, maturity, work experience, and leadership qualities are carefully considered along with academic records and test scores.

Admission to Saint Leo University is a simple, straightforward process. In order to become a degree-seeking student in one of our online graduate criminal justice programs, you will need to complete the following steps.

Application Process

To apply for enrollment in one of Saint Leo University's online graduate criminal justice programs:

  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. Submit the one-time $80 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Submit a Transcript Release Form for each regionally accredited college or university you attended or in which you were enrolled, even if you did not complete a full academic term. You must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, unless otherwise approved by the Director of the program. Submit your Transcript Release Form(s) directly to the Office of Graduate Admission. Graduates or former students of Saint Leo University do not need to submit transcripts if they have been previously submitted and are on file.
  4. Statement of Professional Goals
    If your Bachelor’s degree in under a 3.0 cumulative GPA please complete an essay of 500 words at minimum outlining your professional goals. The essay should address the following questions:
    1. What are your professional goals and how will a Criminal Justice degree from Saint Leo University assist you in reaching those goals?
    2. Based on your previous collegiate, professional, and life experience, why do you think now this is the right time for you to enroll into the Criminal Justice program?
    3. How do you think you will be able to handle an academic rigor of a graduate program that requires students to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA?

Send all these materials, at least 60 days before the beginning of the term in which you wish to enroll, directly to Saint Leo University at:

Graduate Admissions
Saint Leo University
P.O. Box 6665
Saint Leo, Florida 33574-6665

Once all of a student's documents have been received, you can expect official notification of our admission decision within 30 business days. If you do not qualify for admission by meeting the usual requirements, but show promise of academic success, Saint Leo University may grant provisional admission.