Criminal Justice (M.S.)
Master of Science Program
Program Code: MS-SP
Major Code: CRJ
Criminal Justice Department
James Sobol, Chair
Classroom Building C114, (716) 878-4517
This program integrates theory, research, and practice that are grounded in the social sciences. The academically rigorous curriculum prepares students for leadership positions in professional criminal justice fields or for advanced graduate study.
Program graduates have a broad base of knowledge in criminal justice and related disciplines; academic skills in critical thinking, conceptualization and analysis; and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of decision making, policy implementation, and planned organizational change in criminal justice.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours or a Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
- A written statement of intent that includes the applicant’s preparation for graduate study (guidelines available from the department).
- If minimum requirements are not met, the graduate faculty may grant an applicant conditional admission to the program as a premajor if the applicant has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale) AND
- A minimum of five years of full-time work experience in the criminal justice field. OR
- A minimum combined score of 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Applications are reviewed on a continual basis for the fall and spring semesters.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.
|Required Core Courses (18 credit hours)|
|CRJ 501||THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CRJ 504||RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CRJ 601||CORRECTIONAL STRATEGIES||3|
|CRJ 604||CRIMINAL COURTS||3|
|CRJ 606||LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUES||3|
|CRJ 609||STATISTICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|Elective Courses (9-18 credit hours)|
|Select 9-18 credit hours from the following:||9-18|
|HISTORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)|
|ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND THE MANAGEMENT PROCESS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE|
|SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|RACE AND ETHNICITY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|GENDER ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE|
|CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS|
|Up to 9 credit hours of electives may be taken outside the department with prior written approval of the student's academic adviser.|
|Comprehensive Examination or Master's Project (0-3 credit hours)|
|Select one option:||0-3|
|Total Credit Hours||36|