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MSCJ Research Track

The MSCJ Research Track is designed for students seeking employment as a research analyst in a criminal justice agency or to enter a doctoral program in criminal justice in preparation for a variety of academic and research careers.

The curriculum for the Research Track provides for the development of theoretical, methodological, and analytical skills in order to evaluate and conduct scientific inquiry into criminological and criminal justice issues. Course work varies depending the choice of a Thesis Option of Non-Thesis Option.

MSCJ Research Track - Thesis Option

Required Courses (15 hours)*

  • CJ 5310 Administration of Justice
  • CJ 5315 Research Methods
  • CJ 5325 Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 5335 Advanced Crime Theory
  • CJ 5380P Quantitative Data Analysis

Elective Courses (9 hours)

Thesis (6 hours)

  • CJ 5399A Thesis
  • CJ 5399B Thesis

MSCJ Research Track Non-Thesis Option

Required Courses (15 hours)*

  • CJ 5310 Administration of Justice
  • CJ 5315 Research Methods
  • CJ 5325 Statistics in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 5335 Advanced Crime Theory
  • CJ 5380P Quantitative Data Analysis

Elective Courses (12 hours)

Capstone Course (3 hours)**

*Students should plant o take these courses during their first year in the program.

**All MSCJ Research Track (Thesis and Non-Thesis) students will undertake an oral defense of their thesis or professional paper and an oral comprehensive examination upon completion of the above degree requirements.

Admission Requirements

Information on admissions requirements and procedures may be found here.