2018-2019 Graduate Catalog


Criminal Justice, MS

Degree requirements differ depending on whether a student chooses to complete a thesis, which is recommended for those planning on doctoral studies. Since this is a fixed two-year program, students will not choose among course offerings, and no transfer credits will be given.

Thesis Track

30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis work

Year 1

CRJU 61113Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought

3

CRJU 61123Criminal Justice Systems

3

CRJU 61133Advanced Social Science Research Methodology

3

CRJU 61143Social Science Statistics and Probability

3

CRJU 61183Advanced Criminological Theory

3

Year 2 - including summer

CRJU 61253Policing

3

CRJU 61263Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure

3

CRJU 61273Corrections and Reentry

3

CRJU 61283Research Writing

3

CRJU 61293White-Collar Crime

3

CRJU 70980Thesis

1.00-3.00

CRJU 70990Thesis

1.00-3.00

The thesis is a paper that must be approved by student’s adviser and thesis committee advisory members. It is a product of independent research and should demonstrate the appropriate level of analytic and writing acumen to the standards in the social sciences. Students will meet regularly with their advisers throughout the research and writing process. Each thesis student will enroll in at least 1 credit hour of CRJU 70980 each semester the first year and CRJU 70990 the second year. Three credit hours of thesis must be completed each year.

Non-Thesis Track

30 hours of coursework and 6 hours of applied research project

Year 1

CRJU 61113Introduction to Online Learning and Critical Thought

3

CRJU 61123Criminal Justice Systems

3

CRJU 61133Advanced Social Science Research Methodology

3

CRJU 61143Social Science Statistics and Probability

3

CRJU 61183Advanced Criminological Theory

3

Year 2 - including summer

CRJU 61253Policing

3

CRJU 61263Courts, Law, and Legal Procedure

3

CRJU 61273Corrections and Reentry

3

CRJU 61283Research Writing

3

CRJU 61293White-Collar Crime

3

CRJU 61193Applied Research and Policy 1

3

CRJU 61393Applied Research and Policy 2

3

Non-thesis-track students are required to take two additional courses in order to complete the required 36 hours of degree coursework. CRJU 61193 Applied Research and Policy 1 and CRJU 61393 Applied Research and Policy 2 are designed to incorporate course material, acquired analytic skills, and each student’s life and career experience in a group project that assesses a contemporary topic in criminal justice and criminology. Students work collaboratively, with each submitting independent research and writing, to create a final coherent project as directed by the instructor. Instructors for these courses can be an expert in a particular field.

Leadership, Executive and Administrative Development (LEAD) Certificate

The LEAD certificate is a 12-hour program designed for law enforcement and security professionals in mid to upper level supervisory positions. Two courses are taken concurrently on campus on two evenings each semester for one year. Credits can be transferred to the M.S. in Criminal Justice and Criminology degree, which requires a separate application process. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in an accredited institution and are required to submit a letter of recommendation from a Chief or equivalent supervisor to be considered for admission. Admission is highly selective.

Required courses:

CRJU 61333Law Enforcement Policy and Practice

CRJU 61323Legal Issues in Law Enforcement Management

CRJU 61313Law Enforcement Management and Leadership

CRJU 61303Critical Issues in Law Enforcement