The Department of Sociology offers a Graduate Certificate in Criminology and Criminal Justice.  The program provides training in fundamentals of the criminal justice system and criminological theory, as well as foundational training in research methods and statistics.  The Certificate is designed for students who wish to augment their training in criminology and criminal justice as well as for those students seeking to enter the M.S. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice but who may not meet all program requirements. Students earn the Certificate by successfully completing the five required courses.

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Admission Requirements

Students are evaluated for admission based on a holistic assessment of the following requirements. Students must submit:

  1. A statement of purpose
    1. In this personal statement, applicants detail their reasons for pursuing the degree, both in general and in our program specifically.  The statement will help evaluate applicants’ writing abilities as well as fit with our program.
  2. Transcripts from all academic institutions attended
    1. Official transcripts from all academic institutions attended must be submitted.  Transcripts should show that students attained a minimum of 3.0 in the last 60 credits of upper division undergraduate coursework and/or 3.0 in graduate coursework. Applicants with lower averages may be admitted.
  3. Letters of recommendation from at least three references familiar with the individual’s scholastic and/or work performance
    1. At least three letters of recommendation must be submitted.  These should be positive and strongly indicate that the applicant has the aptitude and stamina necessary to successfully complete a graduate degree.
  4. GRE scores
    1. A minimum GRE score of 950 (or a combined 294 on the revised Test) is necessary for admission to the M.S. program.  Applicants with lower scores may be admitted to the Certificate program.  The GRE requirement may be waived for applicants based on a) Five or more years of relevant professional experience or b) Prior degree in related field/area.

Academic Standing

Graduate students are expected to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA in all coursework.  Should the average fall below that minimum in a semester, the student will be notified and will work with his/her advisor to rectify the performance issues.  If the student has a second consecutive semester with an average overall GPA below 3.0, he/she will be placed on academic probation.  Three semesters of below average performance may result in suspension from the program in accordance with guidelines for the University’s Graduate School.

Curriculum Requirements

SOC 609Social Statistics3
SOC 610Advanced Research Methods3
SOC 670Theories in Criminology and Criminal Justice3
SOC 673The Criminal Justice System3
SOC 677Criminology and Public Policy3
Total Credit Hours15