MA in Criminal Justice
In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants must submit:
- Three letters of reference from people acquainted with the applicant’s background and potential; and
- A brief autobiographical statement describing particular interests, experiences and goals related to academic and professional work in criminal justice.
Applicants are evaluated with respect to:
- Undergraduate grade point average (a minimum GPA of 3.000 based on the last 60 credit hours is required for consideration of admission to degree status);
- Amount, type and scope of undergraduate preparation; and
- Reference letters.
Final recommendation on a candidate’s admission to the MACJ program is made to the Graduate School by the graduate coordinator of the criminal justice program.
Effective fall semester 2015, the Master of Arts in criminal justice may be completed as an option entirely online.
Students pursuing the MA degree in criminal justice may follow either a thesis or nonthesis option. Both program options require a minimum of 36 credit hours, including 24 credit hours taken in courses numbered 700 or above.
|Core Curriculum 1|
|CJ 802||Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Professionals||3|
|CJ 893||Seminar on the Application of Criminological Theory||3|
|CJ 894||Proseminar in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 897||Advanced Research Methods||3|
|Integrity in Public Service|
|Criminal Justice & Crime in Film|
|Juvenile Justice and Social Policy|
|Advanced Special Topics in Criminal Justice|
|Adv Spec Top C J|
|Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation|
|Terrorism and Modern Societies|
|Crime Prevention through Environmental Design|
|Advanced Criminal Law|
|Individual Directed Study in Criminal Justice|
|Seminar in Judicial Process|
|Seminar in Policing|
|Seminar in Corrections|
|Select one of the following options:||24|
Select 24 credit hours of electives, including 12 credit hours taken in courses numbered 700 or above
Select 18 credit hours of electives, including 6 credit hours taken in courses numbered 700 or above and 6 credit hours of Thesis
|Qualitative Methods (recommended)|
|Total Credit Hours||36|
All degree candidates are required to complete the core curriculum with a grade of B or better in each course. All core courses should be completed in the first two semesters of study.
Students selecting the thesis option must pass an oral defense of the thesis.