Attainment of advanced education for persons who wish to enter careers in post-secondary education.
Development of skills in research and in program planning and evaluation in criminology and criminal justice.
Strengthening of the professional qualifications of persons employed in the fields of criminal justice.
Preparation for doctoral study in a behavioral or social science.
The analytical and evaluative skills stressed by this program enable students to identify and assess the often conflicting objectives of criminal justice and to investigate basic issues and practical problems in criminology and the administration of criminal justice.
Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;
Have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and have completed the following courses or equivalent:
Applicants who meet the GPA requirement but lack one or more required courses may be admitted conditionally with the permission of the program chair; course deficiencies should be completed prior to taking required graduate courses.
The M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice program requires either a thesis or two essays for the non-thesis option.
Option I: Thesis students must complete a thesis on a subject determined in consultation with their advisor, in light of their interests. The completed thesis must be approved by the department. Four hours of thesis credit are earned.
Option II: Non-thesis students must submit two essays dealing with methodological, substantive or theoretical issues in criminology and criminal justice. These may be based on papers completed in graduate courses, but must be of higher quality than usual term papers, meet departmental requirements through a scheduled meeting with the graduate advisor, and be approved by the department. No credit hours are earned for these essays.
The M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice requires the completion of 31 hours of course work to be distributed among required courses, program area courses, elective courses and cognate courses as follows: