Criminal Justice

M.A., Ph.D. degrees offered

Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Criminal Justice and — in collaboration with the main WSU campus in Pullman — a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Criminal Justice.

The WSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology emphasizes a multidsciplinary approach to understanding deviant behavior and crime, the nature of law and social control, the organization and management of criminal justice agencies, and the use of research and evaluation for planned change in criminal justice. Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary field that includes material from sociology, political science, and psychology.


Students are prepared tor positions of leadership in law enforcement, court administration, corrections and academia. Classes are taught by highly qualified faculty in small seminar settings and have opportunities to engage in meaningful research in the community.

Admission and Application

Be sure to indicate your preference for the Spokane campus on your application. All the admissions and application information is online here on the Department website in Pullman.


Established in 1941 as the Department of Police Science and Administration, the WSU Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is among the oldest in the country. It is ranked in the top twenty criminal justice programs nationally. Degrees in Criminal Justice are offered at the Pullman and Spokane campuses as well as online through the WSU Global Campus.