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Criminal Justice (M.S.)

The Master's of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare graduates for advancement in justice-related professions, particularly as administrative and management level officers in law enforcement, corrections and juvenile justice.  The program will provide graduates with an in-depth understanding of management of criminal justice agencies as it relates to the agency, the law, the courts, and the public.  The curriculum consists of 36 semester credit hours in foundational criminal justice and administration of justice courses.

The MS in Criminal Justice advances the theoretical perspectives and practical applications of the BS degree in the development of advanced administrative skills that increase the effectiveness and professionalism of criminal justice personnel.  As noted by numerous agency heads, a graduate degree is particularly beneficial to those seeking advancement in their current agencies as well as those seeking employment in federal law enforcement agencies and federal courts.

 Specific positions for which this program will prepare students include:

  1. Police chief
  2. Sheriff or Commanding Officer of law enforcement agency
  3. Superintendent or Commanding Officer of corrections agency
  4. FBI, ATF, and other federal law enforcement agent
  5. Ph.D. student
  6. Researcher in criminal justice

Student Profile

The student profile provides the interquartile ranges (25th?75th percentiles) of the entrance exam scores for students admitted to the program. This information is intended to assist applicants in determining opportunities for admission.

Graduate Record Exam:

GRE taken prior to August 1, 2011
  Verbal: 330-460
  Quantitative: 360-560

Revised GRE taken after August 1, 2011
  Verbal: 141-151
  Quantitative: 138-146