Message from the Director
Edmund F. McGarrell
The School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University is the nation’s oldest continuous degree-granting program in criminal justice.
Since 1935, MSU has been a leader in criminal justice scholarship—with its pioneering research, undergraduate and graduate education and collaboration with criminal justice agencies, private firms, and communities.
Today the school focuses on the future by focusing attention on issues of crime and security including identity theft and computer security, DNA technology, international crime and security, school safety, domestic violence and the challenges facing an increasingly diverse society.
The school is a leader in innovative teaching in master’s degree and certificate programs offered online and a revised Ph.D. program that better addresses doctoral scholarship in the new century.
The school remains thoroughly engaged in the crucial issues facing state and local communities through community policing, strategic problem solving, crime analysis, evaluation research and basic research on a variety of criminal justice issues.
MSU prides itself on applying knowledge from the university to real-world matters. The School of Criminal Justice is at the forefront of working collaboratively to use knowledge to solve problems and assist communities locally and globally to enhance the quality of life and ensure justice.
Explore this Web site and learn why the School of Criminal Justice at MSU is:
- A center of academic excellence, at both graduate and undergraduate levels, nationally and internationally
- An engaged community and a vital resource that addresses critical problems and enhances the quality of life in Michigan, the nation, and the world
- A student-friendly environment with a diverse and talented group of students
- An innovative school with a proud heritage committed to a tradition of excellence