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Master of Arts

For new grad students beginning Fall 2009

The purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice is to provide education in Criminology & Criminal Justice with a special emphasis on:
  1. preparing students for the doctoral degree
  2. teaching at the college or university level
  3. research, statistics, and planning in the university or any federal, state, or local criminal justice agency dealing with the prevention, control, and/or correctionalization of crime and delinquency

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

he general requirements governing admissions, standards of work, etc., which are contained in the General Regulations of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies apply to all students working toward the M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, except that a student must have an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 and be recommended for admission by the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Students applying for admission to the M.A. degree program in Criminology & Criminal Justice must also have completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents (18 credits total):

  1. Criminology (CRIM 200) -- 3 credits
  2. Juvenile Delinquency (CRIM 423) -- 3 credits
  3. courses in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science -- 12 credits                    

Criminology 200 and 423, or their equivalents, must be taken as undergraduate courses prior to admission to the graduate program.  However, a student will be able to take six credits of undergraduate Criminology & Criminal Justice plus six credits of graduate work in other departments under a tentative admission status.  The twelve credits of courses required in the social sciences may be taken for undergraduate credit at the same time as graduate courses are taken toward the degree.

GRADUATE COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

1. Satisfactory completion of at least 33 credits of graduate work.

2. Completion of the following 24 credits of course work in the Department:

  • Criminology 540 (3 credits) - Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminology 601 (3 credits) - Seminar: Criminological Theories
  • Criminology 606 (3 credits) - Seminar: Research in Criminology
  • Criminology 607 (3 credits) - Seminar: Law and Society
  • Criminology 608 (3 credits) - Seminar: Law and Criminal Justice Administration
  • Criminology 699 (6 credits) - Master's Thesis
  • 3 credits of statistics taken from any major

3. Six credits must be earned from the following:

  • Criminology 602 (3 credits) - Correctional Counseling
  • Criminology 603 (3 credits) - Correctional Group Therapy
  • Criminology 604 (3 credits) - Police Problems and Practices

    Three credits of which may be selected from:

  • Criminology 609 (3 credits) - Criminal Justice Organization and Management
  • Public Administration 601 (3 credits) - Proseminar in Public Administration
  • Public Administration 605 (3 credits) - Organizational Behavior in Public Agencies

4. Three additional credits of graduate study inside or outside the department.

5. Culminating experience: successful defense of the student's thesis.

THESIS REQUIREMENTS: The student's attention is specifically directed to the section of "Thesis and Dissertation" in the "Students" area of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Compliance with these requirements is the student's responsibility.

 

Master of Arts

For continuing grad students enrolled before Fall 2009

The purpose of the Master of Arts degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice is to provide education in Criminology & Criminal Justice with a special emphasis on:
  1. preparing students for the doctoral degree
  2. teaching at the college or university level
  3. research, statistics, and planning in the university or any federal, state, or local criminal justice agency dealing with the prevention, control, and/or correctionalization of crime and delinquency

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS: 

The general requirements governing admissions, standards of work, etc., which are contained in the General Regulations of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies apply to all students working toward the M.A. in Criminology & Criminal Justice, except that a student must have an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.75 and be recommended for admission by the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice.

Students applying for admission to the M.A. degree program in Criminology & Criminal Justice must also have completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalents (18 credits total):

  1. Criminology (CRIM 200) -- 3 credits
  2. Juvenile Delinquency (CRIM 423) -- 3 credits
  3. courses in Sociology, Psychology, Political Science -- 12 credits                    

Criminology 200 and 423, or their equivalents, must be taken as undergraduate courses prior to admission to the graduate program.  However, a student will be able to take six credits of undergraduate Criminology & Criminal Justice plus six credits of graduate work in other departments under a tentative admission status.  The twelve credits of courses required in the social sciences may be taken for undergraduate credit at the same time as graduate courses are taken toward the degree.

GRADUATE COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Satisfactory completion of at least 33 credits of graduate work.
  2. Completion of the following 21 credits of course work in the Department:
  • CRIM 520 (3 credits) - Criminal Law and Procedure I
  • CRIM 601 (3 credits) - Seminar: Criminological Theories
  • CRIM 606 (3 credits) - Seminar: Research in Criminology
  • CRIM 607 (3 credits) - Seminar: Law and Society
  • CRIM 698 (3 credits) - Internship in Criminology
  • CRIM 699 (6 credits) – Master’s Thesis 
  1. 6 hours of the 33 total credits will be taken from the following electives:
  • CRIM 602 (3 credits) - Correctional Counseling
  • CRIM 603 (3 credits) - Correctional Group Therapy
  • CRIM 604 (3 credits) - Seminar: Police Problems and Practices
  • CRIM 605 (3 credits) - Correctional Administration
  • or such other electives as approved

    4.   Culminating experience: 6 credits and successful defense of the Master's thesis.

  • CRIM 699 (6 credits) - Master's Thesis

THESIS REQUIREMENTS: 

The student's attention is specifically directed to the section of "Thesis and Dissertation" in the "Students" area of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Compliance with these requirements is the student's responsibility.