Graduate Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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Core Courses - 15 Hours

CRIJ 5310 - Criminal Justice System and Policy
CRIJ 5320 - Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control
CRIJ 5330 - Planning and Evaluation
CRIJ 5331 - Quantitative Methods
CRIJ 5345 - Criminal Justice Leadership

Elective Course - 9-15 Hours

Four courses chosen from different CRIJ 5340 topics and/or graduate courses in business, counseling, education, political science, public administration, psychology, or other fields related to the student's needs and interests.

9 elective hours are required with the thesis option.

21 elective hours are required without a thesis.

Thesis - 6 Hours

CRIJ 5390/5391 - Thesis (6 Hours)

MS Criminal Justice (online)

Degree: Master of Science

Major: Criminal Justice

Required Course for Major

Core Courses - 15 Hours

CRIJ 5310 - Criminal Justice System and Policy
CRIJ 5320 - Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control
CRIJ 5330 - Planning and Evaluation
CRIJ 5331 - Quantitative Methods
CRIJ 5345 - Criminal Justice Leadership

Elective Course

CRIJ 5340* - Criminal Justice Studies

Examples:

Class, Race & Gender

Comparative Juvenile Justice

Serial Murder

Homeland Security

* This course may be repeated for up to 21 hours of credit.

Students may take up to 6 hours of graduate credit from any discipline.

Other

  • Comprehensive Exam – MSCJ students are required to complete and pass a five hour written exam.  The exam is based on the major areas within the curriculum (Theory, Research, Law, and Policy). Based on exam results the students may need to complete a follow-up oral exam. The exam may be administered twice.