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Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

The School of Criminal Justice offers a Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree, with the choice of an Executive Concentration (30 credit hours, Non-thesis Option only), a Research Concentration (30 credit hours, Thesis Option only), and the original MSCJ program (36 hours, Non-thesis Option only). All candidates in the Executive and Research Concentrations complete an oral comprehensive exam and an oral defense of the thesis or professional paper prior to graduation. Candidates in the MSCJ Non-thesis option program complete a written comprehensive exam prior to graduation. Specific course and admissions requirements vary by program.

The links below will take you to more information about each of the MSCJ programs:

MSCJ Non-thesis Option

MSCJ Research Concentration Thesis Option

MSCJ Executive Concentration Non-thesis Option

 

MSCJ
36 credit hours
5 core courses and 7 electives
No thesis or professional paper
Written comprehensive exam
16-week courses in Fall / Spring, 10 week courses in the Summer
Generalist program for those seeking additional training in CJ
Min. GPA 3.0, GRE required
MSCJ Research Concentration
30 credit hours
5 core courses and 3 electives (plus 6 credit hours for thesis)
Thesis
Oral comprehensive exam
16-week courses in Fall / Spring, 10 week courses in Summer
Competitive program for those seeking research analyst jobs or to pursue a PhD
Min. GPA 3.0, GRE required
MSCJ Executive Concentration
30 credit hours
5 core courses and 4 electives (plus 3 credit hours for problem solving project)
Problem solving project
Oral comprehensive exam
8-week courses in Fall / Spring, 10 week course in the Summer
Competitive program for full time CJ professionals only
Min. GPA 3.0, GRE not required

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