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:
- 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.
- Hold a bachelor’s degree and possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 on all attempted undergraduate coursework;
- 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);
- Submit three letters of recommendation for entry into program;
- Submit a statement of purpose for entry into program.
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.
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:
|CJ 618||Crime in America||3|
|CJ 640||Methods of Research in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 650||Criminological Theory||3|
|Select from the following:||21|
|Public Organization and Bureaucratic Theory|
|Ethics in Administrative Leadership|
|Theory and Control of Crime|
|Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice|
|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|
|Thesis or Non-thesis|
|Select one from the following:|
A maximum of 15 hours can be taken at the 500 level. Students are not permitted to receive credit for a 500-level course if they received credit for the comparable senior-level undergraduate course. Up to six hours of electives may be taken outside the Department of Politics, Justice, and Law with prior approval from the Department Politics, Justice, and Law.
|Additional 500-600 level criminal justice electives||15|
Students choosing the Thesis Option must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of Thesis (CJ 695), in addition to 9 semester hours of core and 15 additional semester hours of 500-600 level criminal justice electives.
|CJ 698||Comprehensive Examination||0|
Students choosing the Non-Thesis Option must, in the last semester in which all other course requirements are expected to be completed, register for Comprehensive Examination (CJ 698) in order to take a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation in order to complete the program.