Master's in Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice - Master of Science Degree Program

In addition to the general requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the MSCJ degree program also requires the following:


1. Hold a master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. Official transcript must reflect that degree was awarded. No test scores are required.


2. Hold a bachelor’s degree and possess a minimum GPA of 2.75 on all attempted undergraduate coursework.


Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission to the MSCJ program may be conditionally admitted with recommendations of the graduate faculty in the Department and approval of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants granted conditional admittance must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first nine hours (three courses) of completed graduate coursework. Failure to make this GPA requirement will result in the student being eliminated from the program.


Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will provide continued supervision and guidance.


Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree: a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, to include the following:

Hours Required Core 9 hours

  • CJ 618, Crime in America (3)
  • CJ 640, Methods of Research in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ 650, Criminological Theory (3)

Hours Electives 21 hours

(A maximum of 15 hours can be taken at the 500 level. Students are not permitted to receive credit for a 500-level course if they received credit for the comparable senior-level undergraduate course. Up to six hours of electives may be taken outside the Department of Criminal Justice with prior approval from the Department of Criminal Justice.)

  • CJ 505, Criminal Investigation (3)
  • CJ 506, Forensic Investigation (3)
  • CJ 530, Criminal Evidence (3) CJ 534, Criminal Procedure (3)
  • CJ 550, Theory and Control of Crime (3)
  • CJ 580, Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice (3)
  • CJ 591, Special Topics (3) (can repeat this course for credit if title and topics are different)
  • CJ 606, Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CJ 610, Nature and Function of the American Judicial System (3)
  • CJ 614, Management and Policy in Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
  • CJ 622, Contemporary Issues in Corrections (3)
  • CJ 630, Victimology (3)
  • CJ 634, Advanced Criminal Procedure (3)
  • CJ 645, Advanced Statistical Procedure (3)
  • CJ 660, Comparative Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ 690, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (3) CJ 691, Special Topics (3)
  • CJ 695,Thesis (3-6)
  • CJ 698, Comprehensive Exam (0)
  • CJ 699, Independent Study/Research (3)

Total 30 hours

30 THESIS OPTION: Students choosing the Thesis Option must complete a minimum of 6 semester hours of CJ 695, Thesis, in addition to 9 semester hours of core and 15 additional semester hours of 500-600 level criminal justice electives. NON-THESIS OPTION: Students choosing the Non-Thesis Option must, in the last semester in which all other course requirements are expected to be completed, register for CJ 698 (Comprehensive Examination) in order to take a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation in order to complete the program.

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