Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice

Programs / M.S. in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Students can select to complete: 1) The Thesis Option (33 credit hours) OR 2) The Non-Thesis Option (36 credit hours)

Thesis Option (33 credit hours)

  • Six core courses - 18 hours
  • One global perspectives course - 3 hours
  • Two electives - 6 hours
  • Thesis - 6 hours

Non-Thesis Option (36 credit hours)

  • Six core courses - 18 hours
  • One global perspectives course - 3 hours
  • Four electives - 12 hours
  • Demonstration Project course - 3 hours

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 18 Credit Hours

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 7701
    Critical Issues in Criminal Justice – (ACJS content area Administration of Justice)
    3
  • CRJU 7702
    Advanced Criminological Theory – (ACJS content area Criminological Theory)
    3
  • CRJU 7703
    Advanced Law Enforcement – (ACJS content area Law Enforcement)
    3
  • CRJU 7704
    Institutional and Community Corrections - (ACJS content area Corrections)
    3
  • CRJU 7705
    Law and the Legal Process – (ACJS content area Law Adjudication)
    3
  • CRJU 7706
    Advanced Research Methods and Computer Applications – (ACJS content area Research and Analytic Methods)
    3

Global Perspectives in Criminal Justice - 3 Hours Credits

Select One Course (3 hours) from below:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 7709
    Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    3
  • CRJU 7722
    International Criminal Justice Experience – (the Summer Study Abroad Program)
    3

Electives:

Choose 2 courses (6 hours) for the thesis option.

Choose 4 courses (12 hours) for the non-thesis option.

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 7707
    Strategic Planning for Criminal Justice
    3
  • CRJU 7708
    Criminal Justice Policy and Analysis
    3
  • CRJU 7709
    Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    3
  • CRJU 7710
    Transnational Crimes and International Security
    3
  • CRJU 7711
    Human Rights Standards in Law Enforcement
    3
  • CRJU 7722
    International Criminal Justice Experience (Study Abroad)
    3
  • CRJU 7900
    Special Topics in Criminal Justice
    3
  • CRJU 7950
    Directed Study
    3
  • PAD 6200
    Fundamentals of Public Administration and Public Service
    3
  • PAD 6600
    Program Evaluation (PAD 6200 is prerequisite)
    3
  • PAD 7455
    Administrative Law
    3
  • ACCT 8000
    Accounting Insights for Managers
    3
  • IS 8930
    Information Security Administration
    3

Required Project/Thesis: 3 or 6 hours:

Choose one course from below:

  • Course
    Title
    Credits
  • CRJU 7998
    Demonstration Project (For the non-thesis option)
    3
  • CRJU 8000
    Thesis (For the thesis option)
    6