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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
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Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRM)


  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

Applicants must:

A grade of B or better is required in SOCL 250  and SOCL 304 SOCL 341 - Quantitative Methods of Social Research I  and SOCL 342 - Quantitative Methods of Social Research II  can be used as substitutes for SOCL 250 and SOCL 304, in which case a grade of B or better is required in each course.

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 advisor; course deficiencies should be completed prior to taking required graduate courses.

Department Information

Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, College of Arts & Sciences

Julian Murchison, Ph.D. | Department Head | 712 Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0012 | jmurchi1@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Brian Sellers, Ph.D. | 713B Pray-Harrold | 734.487.0012 | bseller3@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 31 hours

The MA 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 Course(s): 1-4 hours

  • 1 hr

    Option I - Thesis: 3 hours

    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. Three hours of thesis credit are earned.

  • 1 hr
  • 2 hrs
  • 3 hrs

    Option II - Non-Thesis: 0 hours

    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 essays.

Elective and/or Cognate Courses: 6-9 hours

Six to nine hours selected in consultation with the graduate advisor