Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree


In addition to the general requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the MSCJ degree program also requires the following:

Unconditional Admission

  1. Hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. Official transcript must reflect that degree was awarded. No test scores are required.
  2. Hold a bachelor’s degree and possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 on all attempted undergraduate coursework;
  3. Receive a minimum score of 286 [Verbal plus Quantitative] on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a minimum score of 380 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation for entry into program;
  5. Submit a statement of purpose for entry into program.

Conditional Admission

Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission to the MSCJ program may be conditionally admitted with recommendations of the graduate faculty in the Department of Politics, Justice, and Law. Applicants granted conditional admittance must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first nine hours (three courses) of completed graduate coursework. Failure to make this GPA requirement will result in the student being eliminated from the program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 1.
Spring Semester: November 1.


Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will provide continued supervision and guidance.

Degree and Program Plans

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, to include the following:

Required Core
CJ 618Crime in America3
CJ 640Methods of Research in Criminal Justice3
CJ 650Criminological Theory3
Electives 1
Select from the following:21
Criminal Investigation
Forensic Investigation
Public Organization and Bureaucratic Theory
Ethics in Administrative Leadership
Criminal Evidence
Criminal Procedure
Theory and Control of Crime
Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice
Special Topics
Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice
Nature and Function of the American Judicial System
Management and Policy in Criminal Justice Organizations
Contemporary Issues in Corrections
Advanced Criminal Procedure
Advanced Statistical Applications
Comparative Criminal Justice
Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement
Special Topics
Comprehensive Examination
Independent Study/Research
Thesis or Non-thesis
Select one from the following:
Total Hours30

Thesis Option1

CJ 695Thesis6
Additional 500-600 level criminal justice electives15
Total Hours21

Non-Thesis Option1

CJ 698Comprehensive Examination0