The Department of Sociology offers a Master’s of Science degree 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. Students may tailor their programs to best fit their goals through their selected electives, curricula tracks, and choice of one of three completion options.  At present, curricula tracks (comprised of six credit hours) include such areas as leadership and management, criminal law, research methods and statistics, and geographic information systems (GIS).  Students have the program completion options of preparing for and taking a comprehensive examination, completing an internship and accompanying paper, or completing a Master’s thesis. 

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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 to the Certificate program.
  3. Letters of recommendation.
    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

Core Requirements
Social Statistics
Advanced Research Methods
Theories in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice System
Criminology and Public Policy
One course from within Sociology 3
Specialization Track6
Choose 6 credits from one of the following specialization tracks:6
Research Methods and Statistics
Program Evaluation
Lifestyle and Career Counseling
Structural Equation Modeling
Advanced Sociological Statistical Analysis I
Qualitative Research Methods
Geographic Information Systems
Geographic Information Systems I
Geographic Information Systems II
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Substantive Criminal Law
Criminal Procedure Adjuducation
Public Administration
Introduction to Graduate Public Administration
Public Policy Process and Implementation
Human Resource Management in Public Service
Managing Through People
Completion Track6
Choose one of the following tracks:
Directed Studies (Comprehensive Exam)
Graduate Internship and Paper
Master's Thesis
Total Credit Hours30