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Ellensburg, WA 98926-7580

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Master of Science in Law and Justice

About our MS in Law and Justice

Whether you are a current professional in the field of Law and Justice, or you are interested in pursuing graduate work, the MS Law and Justice program at Central Washington University is here to answer the question of what you can do with a degree spanning topics of criminal justice, social and community-driven change, public policy, and so much more.

Wooden gavel with chrome highlightsWhy Study Law and Justice at CWU?

Whether your future is in policing, corrections, legal services, or education, CWU’s experienced Law and Justice faculty can guide you and provide you with the tools to succeed in whatever field you choose. It’s all about giving you the opportunity to accomplish great things while doing what gives you satisfaction. From award-winning faculty to an array of successful alumni, the Law and Justice program at CWU can help further or launch your career.   

Cost Information

To learn information regarding program cost, please visit the tuition and fees page on the registrar site.  


The MS program is offered in-person on the Ellensburg campus as well as through the Hyflex virtual option.  With class scheduling centered around the working professional, we believe convenience and access are essential to student success. Place-bound working professionals are encouraged to apply.  Please work with Dr. Schaefer to make appropriate accommodation.

Degree Explanation

Priority Applications for the Law & Justice Master's Program are due February 1st.  The Law and Justice Department generally accepts applications beyond this deadline, please consult the department regarding the application window each year. For details on how to apply, please reach out to our Graduate Program Director, Dr. Schaefer.

Master of Science Law and Justice

The Law and Justice 4+1 Program for Master of Science Degree

Careers and Opportunities

This degree prepares you for employment in human services, community-focused organizations, social services, the criminal justice system, and/or entry into graduate or law school. It retains the humanistic emphasis of the liberal arts while preparing students for graduate school, careers in law enforcement, corrections, paralegal professions, the practice of law following law school, and other public service positions. 

For additional information, please visit our Career Paths in Law and Justice page and Career Opportunities page.

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