Courses for Criminal Justice, M.S.

The Criminal Justice, M.S. consists of a minimum of 36 hours if choosing the Comprehensive Exam option or 33 hours if choosing the Thesis option. The core required courses consists of 18 credit hours as follows:

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CORE REQUIRED COURSES:

  •      CJ 600 Qualitative Methodology
  •      CJ 601 Criminal Justice Leadership
  •      CJ 602 Legal and Ethical Issues
  •      CJ 604 Criminal Justice Policy and Program Evaluation
  •      CJ 606 Research Methodology and Data Analysis
  •      CJ 607 Criminology

   Choose ONE of the following courses:

  •      CJ 620 Advanced Police Systems
  •      CJ 621 Advanced Corrections Systems
  •      CJ 622 Advanced Juvenile Justice Systems
  •      CJ 623 Advanced Private Security Systems 

Nine (9) to twelve (12) hours of Electives, One (1) must be from OUTSIDE of Criminal Justice:     

  •      CJ 608 Advanced Quantitative Data Analysis
  •      CJ 611 Community Policing
  •      CJ 640 Graduate Internship - highly recommended for students who have no prior criminal justice or private security work experience    
  •      CJ 642 Victimology
  •      CJ 644 Forensic Behavior and Law
  •      CJ 680 Special Topics in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies
  •      CJ 691 Issues in Research and Writing
  •      CJ 699 Directed Readings
  •      Outside CJ Graduate Course -- must be pre-approved by Graduate Director

Choose ONE of the following courses:

  •      Successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination
  •      CJ 695 Criminal Justice Thesis - 6 credits

Suggested Course Schedule*

 

(Even)

FALL

(Odd)

WINTER

(Odd)

FALL

(Even)

WINTER

CORE

       

600 - Qualitative Methods

X

X

X

X

601 - CJ Leadership

X

 

X

 

602 - Legal & Ethical Issues

X

     

604 - CJ Program and Policy Evaluation

 

X

   

606 - Research Methods I

 

X

 

X

607 - Criminology

   

X

 
         

AREAS

       

620 - Advanced Police

 

X

   

621 - Advanced Corrections

X

     

622 - Advanced Juvenile

   

X

 

623 - Advanced Private Security Systems

     

X

624 - Advanced Corporate Crime

     

X

as needed

         

ELECTIVES

       

608 - Research Methods II

 

X

 

X

611 - Community Policing

as needed

as needed

as needed

as needed

640 - Internship

X

X

X

X

642 - Victimology

as needed

as needed

as needed

as needed

680 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies

as needed

as needed

as needed

as needed

691 - Issues in Research and Writing

X

 

X

 

699 - Directed Studies

X

X

X

X

         

Comprehensive Exam/PROJECT/THESIS

       

693 - Criminal Justice Project (3 credits)

X

X

X

X

695 - Criminal Justice Thesis (6 credits)

X

X

X

X

696 - Continuation of Master's Thesis

X

X

X

X

Successful completion of a Comprehensive Examination 

X

X

X

X

*The Criminal Justice suggested schedule is built on the cohort system, and recommends primary admissions occur in Fall semesters.