2013-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 21, 2024  
2013-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, M.S., Victimology Concentration

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M.S., Criminal Justice

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 CJST 6610 - 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.

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 (CJST 6697  and CJST 6698 ) 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 Victimology

This concentration provides students with an interdisciplinary, practice-oriented program. It prepares them for entry into a wide variety of positions in law enforcement, criminal justice, the courts, corrections, and victim services programs, as well as professional settings involving work with victims of crime, their families, and the community at large. The curriculum encourages a broad-based training experience focusing on the enhancement of the appropriate involvement of victims in the justice system and the provision of services to victims and survivors.

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