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Criminology and Criminal Justice, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Rohnert Park, CA, United States
The Criminology and Criminal Justice program is one of the most popular majors at Sonoma State University. However, the increase in its student enrollment has not been matched with commensurate increase in department resources.  
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Key Features

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies serves a broad service area within the North Bay region, but also draws students from counties throughout the state. As one of the nine academic departments housed within the School of Social Sciences, its mission and values align closely with the school’s goals of preparing its graduates “to live richly rewarding personal, professional, and social lives while understanding and appreciating human complexity in a global society.”  Its core values also align with Sonoma State University’s themes of diversity, social justice, sustainability, and community engagement.  These core values form an integral part of its curriculum and are reflected in the CCJS faculty research projects and service commitments.    

The curriculum of the Criminology and Criminal Justice program at Sonoma State University examines the changing nature and content of law, the shifting public expectations of criminal and civil justice agencies, the implications of diversity along the lines of race, gender and class, and the reactions of agencies to social perceptions and political pressures. It trains students to use an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological academic approach in understanding the mechanisms of social control, resolutions of criminal justice problems, and accepted procedures and alternatives.  This general but all-important background serves as a base for the areas of emphasis that are of interest to the individual student. 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Criminal Justice and Public Policy
  • Government and the Rules of Law 
  • Constitutional Law
  • Rights of the Accused 
  • Civil Liberties and the Constitution
  • Seminar in Research Methods
  • Police, Courts, and Community Relations
  • Women and Crime
  • Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice or
  • White-Collar Crime

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete a high/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, and earn a graduation diploma or certificate
  • Complete high school curriculum with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on the 4.0 grading scale
  • Submit official high school transcript (academic record), showing all courses with grades or marks, and graduation diploma or certificate. Official transcript must be in the original language of issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant's native language and has attended for at least three years’ full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7724 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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National: $1,665 per 1-6 units

Living costs for Rohnert Park

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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