MA in Criminal Justice

Master of Arts Degree

Master's Handbook 

  • The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice consists of a minimum of 33 hours of criminal justice course work, or a minimum of 24 hours of criminal justice course work with 9 hours of additional course work in an approved minor (with 18 hours of 600 level or higher).
  • Either sequence also requires 6 hours of CJ 698, Thesis, for a total of 39 hours. The Master of Arts degree program is divided into the emphasis areas noted below. CJ 520 and CJ 625 are required in both emphasis areas. 
  • A student will be required normally to select a minimum of four courses from one group and a minimum of one course from each of two other groups in order to gain an appreciation of the interaction of criminal justice system components. A foreign language competency is required. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation. 

Admission Requirements

  • Admission decisions are based on a balancing of a variety of factors. These include:
  • Scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the Graduate Record Examination's General Test and undergraduate grade point average (both overall and in criminal justice) and evidence of related field training and work experience.
  • In addition, applicants are to submit for consideration three letters of recommendation from members of their undergraduate faculty and to have such faculty members forward examples of written work which they are able to identify as original work by the applicant submitted in their courses.
  • The letters should be sent to the department.
  • Applicants granted regular admission who have an undergraduate major in criminal justice or criminal justice including non-degree graduate students, must have achieved a grade point average of 3.0 overall and in their criminal justice courses.
  • Applicants may be granted conditional admission in cases where other than grade point averages indicate.
  • In these cases, the department may, at its discretion, grant conditional admission to undergraduate criminal justice majors and non-degree graduate students in criminal justice with a GPA of less than 3.0 but more than 2.75 overall and in criminal justice courses.
  • Applicants who are not criminal justice or criminal justice undergraduate majors, who meet all other criteria, may be granted conditional admission if the department is satisfied that their grade point average overall and in their particular major indicates the potential to perform acceptably in the program. Students should see the appropriate graduate adviser for requirements to achieve regular admission.
  • All prospective students with other than a criminal justice undergraduate major or strong professional training in criminal justice will be admitted conditionally until after completion of 12 hours of undergraduate criminal justice courses with a B or better in each course.
  • These course hours are CJ 325, CJ 330, CJ 352 and either CJ 341 or CJ 360. All such supplemental undergraduate work must be completed prior to beginning graduate course work.
  • Students from all underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Precise details of the standards for admission and of curricular matters are available from the director of masters studies, Dr. Lisa Nored.