The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (M.S.) 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, as well as pursuing advanced academic education in doctoral or legal programs. 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.
Program Admission Requirements
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
- Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) within the last five years with a combined score of quantitative and verbal sections of 900.
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (scale of 4.0).
- A score of 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL for international applicants for whom English is a second language.
Required Application Materials
- A completed FGCU Graduate Application.
- One official transcript from each baccalaureate and/or graduate institution attended.
- One official copy of test scores on the GRE.
- Three completed reference rating forms/letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant's academic and professional potential
- An immunization history form.
- Personal Aspiration Statement 300-500 words.
- Required Core Courses (27 hrs)
- CCJ 5476 Seminar: Management and Administration of Justice (3)
- CCJ 5705 Research Methodology in Criminal Justice (3)
- CCJ 6061 Criminal Justice Theory (3)
- CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy (3)
- CCJ 6657 Ethics in Criminal Justice Management (3)
- CJE 6168 Media and Community Relations for Criminal Justice Administrators (3)
- CJL 5320 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management (3)
- PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3)
- PAD 6417 Public Personnel Administration (3)
- Additional Required Courses (9 hrs)
- Thesis Option
- CCJ 6741 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice (3)
- CCJ 6971 Thesis in Criminal Justice (3)
- XXX xxxx Restricted elective* (3)
- Integrated Project Option
- CCJ 6974 Project in Criminal Justice (3)
- XXX xxxx Restricted electives* (6)
- Restricted Electives*
- CCJ 6407 Seminar in Law Enforcement (3)
- CCJ 6501 Juvenile Justice Policy (3)
- CCJ 6910 Directed Research Projects (3)
- CCJ 6935 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3)
- CJC 6329 Correctional Organization & Admin. (3)
- CJL 5085 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 36 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the University calendar.
- Earn a minimum of 36 credit hours as required in the degree program with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
- A minimum of a 70% on the Core Comprehensive Examination.
- Successful completion of the Thesis or Integrated Project paper.
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