A total of 36 credits is required for the degree of master of science in criminal justice. Some students are required to complete an additional three credits (frequently CJ 610 - Administration of Justice) if the graduate advisor finds that they do not have an adequate background in criminal justice. All degree candidates must complete the core curriculum. After consultation with an advisor, students select electives from a list of approved courses.
Applicants are required to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE) General Test and submit their scores to Graduate Admissions. The transfer of credit from other institutions is permitted subject to the Graduate School policy on transfer credit detailed elsewhere in this catalog.
Thesis or Comprehensive Examination
Students may elect to undertake a thesis project in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. Registration for a minimum of six thesis credits (CJ 697 and CJ 698) would be required. 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.
Students who do not elect to undertake thesis work must 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.
Concentration in Crime Analysis
The concentration in crime analysis prepares students for careers with police, private, and justice system organizations that utilize crime analysis in their management and decision-making functions. The program focuses on understanding and analyzing patterns of crime and violence to enable agencies to better respond to public safety issues and problems.