The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences offers a program leading to the M.A. or M.S. degree.
The Department offers both thesis and culminating research experience options for completion of the master's degree.*
Thesis Option: Must complete 33 hours of course work including CJS 499 (thesis research) for six (6) hours of credit.
Culminating Research Experience Option: Must complete 36 hours of coursework, including four (3) hours of a research project (CJS 400).
For more details regarding program requirements including specific course requirements and course descriptions please refer to the Graduate Catalog.
The Master of Arts degree requirements also include either a minimum of four semesters (or its equivalent) in one foreign language or a satisfactory score on a University administered language examination approved by the Graduate School.
Students admitted to the graduate program who do not have an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or a related field may be required to take preparatory courses at the undergraduate level.
*Students who began the program prior to the Fall 2017 semester have the option of completing comprehensive exams as an exit option. For this option, students must complete 34 hours of coursework, including four (4) hours of independent study (CJS 400) and successfully pass a comprehensive examination in three areas (research methods & statistics, criminological theory, and an elective field).