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Criminal Justice (M.S.) 2015-2016 Catalog Year

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Justice Studies

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

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Program Requirements
  1. Required Core Courses (21 credits)
    CCJ 5476 Seminar: Mgmt. & Admin. of Justice (3)
    CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy (3)
    CCJ 6606 Social Constructs of Crime (3)
    CJE 6168 Media and Community Relations CJ (3)
    CJL 5320 Legal Aspects of CJ Management (3)
    PAD 6227 Public Budgeting (3)
    PAD 6417 Public Personnel Admin (3)

  2. Additional Required Courses (6 credits)
    Thesis Option
    CCJ 6707 Advanced Quantitative Research (3)
    CCJ 6971 Thesis in Criminal Justice (3)

    Integrated Project Option
    CCJ 6709 Advanced Qualitative Research (3)
    CCJ 6974 Project in Criminal Justice (3)

  3. Restricted Electives* (9 credits)
    Select from additional 5000-6999 courses with any of the following prefixes:  CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL, DSC except courses graded on an S/U scale. 
    *Courses used to fulfill required courses cannot also be used to fulfill restricted electives.


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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