May 27, 2018  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRM)

Adviser: Marilyn Corsianos, Ph.D.
713K Pray-Harrold


  1. Attainment of advanced education for persons who wish to enter careers in post-secondary education.

  2. Development of skills in research and in program planning and evaluation in criminology and criminal justice.

  3. Strengthening of the professional qualifications of persons employed in the fields of criminal justice.

  4. 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.

Admission Requirements

Degree Admission
Applicants must:

  1. Meet the Graduate School admission requirements;

  2. Have at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and have completed the following courses or equivalent:

SOCL 341 - Quantitative Methods of Social Research I  and SOCL 342 - Quantitative Methods of Social Research II  can be substituted for SOCL 250  and SOCL 304 . A grade of B or better is required.

Conditional Admission
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.

Degree Requirements
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 adviser, 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 adviser, and be approved by the department. No credit hours are earned for these essays.

Course Requirements

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:

Required Courses: 0-4 hours

Select from either option I or option II:

Option II:

  • Non-thesis option (0 hrs)

Elective and/or Cognate Courses: 6-10 hours

Six to ten hours selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.

Program Total: 31 hours