2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 17, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice, M.S.

A total of 33-36 credits is required for the degree of master of science in criminal justice. All degree candidates must complete the following 12 credits of core curriculum:

Required Courses:

Thesis Option

Students choosing the thesis option must take 12 credits to include the following courses in addition to the program core:

  • CJST 6615 - Foundations of Scholarship
  • CJST 6637 - Criminal Justice Policy
  • CJST 6697 - Thesis I
  • CJST 6698 - Thesis II
  • Plus 12 elective credits from a list of approved courses.

    Students must undertake a thesis project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. The thesis must show ability to organize materials in a clear and original manner and to present well-reasoned conclusions. Thesis preparation and submission must comply with the Graduate School policy on theses as well as specific departmental requirements. Detailed information is available from the student’s advisor.

Comprehensive Examination Option

Students choosing the Comprehensive Examination option do not undertake thesis work; instead, they must select a minimum of 21 elective credits from a list of approved courses, in addition to the program core, to fulfill their remaining course credits.

The student must also pass a comprehensive final examination. This examination may be oral, written, or both, and is based on the program of study that the student has completed for the degree. Additional information about the comprehensive examination is available from the student’s advisor.