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About the program
The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MSCCJ) degree program is designed to provide students with a high level of theoretical and empirical knowledge about crime and criminal justice. Students will gain advanced research skills needed to prepare them for careers as criminal justice researchers and/or continued study in doctoral programs in criminology and/or criminal justice.
Each student will write a thesis that reflects original research and scholarship, which makes a contribution to knowledge in the field, and demonstrates his/her ability to design and carry out an independent research project.Note: All requirements for the degree must be completed within six years from the date of the first course listed on the program of study
Benefits of program
- Doctoral program preparation
- Highly ranked graduate program
- Courses designed and taught by nationally ranked faculty
Plan of study
The Master of Science Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 30 credit hour program. This includes 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis.
Students pursuing the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice will take courses in two core areas:
- Theory and research on crime and the criminal justice system and
- Research methods and analytical techniques. In consultation with the supervisory committee, the student will select elective course work related to his/her areas of interest. Each student will write a thesis that reflects original research and scholarship, makes a contribution to knowledge in the field, and demonstrates his/her ability to design and carry out an independent research project.