Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. A written statement of intent that includes the applicant’s preparation for graduate study.
  3. 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. 
  4. 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.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses (18 credit hours)
CRJ 501THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON CRIME AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRJ 504RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CRJ 601CORRECTIONAL STRATEGIES3
CRJ 604CRIMINAL COURTS3
CRJ 606LAW ENFORCEMENT ISSUES3
CRJ 609STATISTICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
Elective Courses (9-18 credit hours)
Select 9-18 credit hours from the following:9-18
HISTORY OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
ADVANCED CRIME ANALYSIS
INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3)
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND THE MANAGEMENT PROCESS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
DATA-DRIVEN POLICING
WHITE-COLLAR CRIME
JUVENILE JUSTICE
COMPUTER APPLICATION
RACE AND ETHNICITY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
GENDER ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ETHICS
RESEARCH PROJECT
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
MASTER'S PROJECT
Comprehensive Examination
Total Credit Hours36