The Graduate Student Association is a university organization run by the graduate students in the department. The GSA aids in providing additional funding for graduate students to attend professional conferences, sponsoring guest speakers, organizing graduate student social events, recruiting potential students, arranging tours of criminal justice agencies, and facilitating the professional and social development of graduate students in the department.  

Graduate school is an amazing place. It provides an opportunity to grow as a person and as a professional. You are exposed to a wide variety of people with different viewpoints, backgrounds, and areas of interest. Where else can heated debates and downright vicious arguments be seen as positive exchanges of ideas? Graduate school is a mentoring process and that belief is prevalent throughout the entire faculty at UMSL.  

The graduate environment at UMSL full of brilliant, hard working people who treat you as a colleague and take it upon themselves (as busy as they are) to help you through the good and bad times. There are many opportunities for graduate students at UMSL for research, teaching, conference presentations, friendships, and much more. If you are considering graduate study, keep us in mind. It is a great place and we're sure you would receive the complete graduate experience here. Below you will find a great deal of helpful information and pictures from department parties and other social events in the past years.  


There are several objectives of the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Student Association (CCJ GSA) at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The first is to facilitate the professional development of students seeking a career in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Second, the CCJ GSA seeks to foster a healthy graduate student culture in which students can grow, learn and develop long-lasting relationships with fellow students and faculty. Lastly, our organization emphasizes the importance of contributing to the discipline through service and scholarly achievements. It is through the pursuit of these goals that the CCJ GSA at the University of Missouri-St. Louis provides an environment for future leaders in criminology and criminal justice.

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