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Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

The School of Criminal Justice and Criminology 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 comprehensive exam including both written and oral components prior to graduation. Specific course and admissions requirements vary by program.

 

36 credit hours
5 core courses and 7 electives
No thesis or professional paper
Written & oral comprehensive exam
16-week courses in Fall / Spring, 10-week courses in the Summer
Generalist degree option for those seeking to further their knowledge and skills in CJ
Min. GPA 3.0, GRE required
30 credit hours
5 core courses and 3 electives
Thesis (6 credit hours)
Oral comprehensive exam
16-week courses in Fall / Spring, 10-week courses in Summer
Competitive degree option for those seeking research analyst jobs or to pursue a PhD
Min. GPA 3.25, GRE required
30 credit hours
5 core courses and 4 electives
Problem-solving project (3 hours)
Oral comprehensive exam
8-week courses in Fall / Spring, 10-week course in the Summer
Competitive degree option ONLY available to full-time CJ professionals
Min. GPA 3.0, GRE not required

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