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The MS in criminology and criminal justice is a research degree program designed to provide students with a high level of theoretical and empirical knowledge about crime and criminal justice.
The program provides students with the advanced research skills, training in program planning and management, and policy and statistical analysis needed for careers as criminal justice researchers, leadership roles in criminal justice and related agencies and organizations, and for continued study in doctoral programs in criminology and criminal justice.
At A Glance
Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS
- Offered by: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Location: Downtown
Plan of study
The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete this graduate level program.
Rolling admission for fall and spring semesters. Priority deadlines for funding consideration:
Fall semester - January 1st
Spring semester - October 1st
Required Core (12 credit hours)
CRJ 501 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
CRJ 502 Seminar in Criminology (3)
CRJ 503 Research Methods for Criminal Justice (3)
CRJ 504 Statistical Tools for Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
Systems Courses (6 credit hours)
CRJ 512 Seminar in Policing (3)
CRJ 513 Seminar in Courts and Sentencing (3)
CRJ 514 Seminar in Corrections (3)
Electives (6-12 credits hours)
Other Requirement (0-3 credit hours)
CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis (3)
Culminating Experience: (3-6 credit hours)
CRJ 505 Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice (3) or
CRJ 599 Thesis (6)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students select two of the three systems courses listed above.
For the culminating experience, students choose either the thesis option or the capstone course. CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis is only required for the thesis option. To satisfy the thesis requirements for the degree, candidates must write a thesis and defend it in an oral examination conducted by the student's thesis committee. Students in the capstone option are not required to take CRJ 604.
Each student's program is designed in consultation with the faculty advisor.
Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Applicants eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in criminology or criminal justice or another closely related field from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.
All applicants must submit:
- graduate admission application and application fee
- official transcripts
- two letters of recommendation
- personal statement
- proof of English proficiency
Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.
The personal statement should address the applicant's prior education and professional experience, discuss the applicant's career goals and explain how the degree will help the applicant achieve these goals.
Applicants should see the program website for application deadlines.
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