criminology & criminal justice, M.S.

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 

download the master of science in criminology and criminal justice handbook. 

admission deadline: January 15th each year for fall admission only

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:

  1. Theory and research on crime and the criminal justice system and
  2. 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.

degree requirements

The Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is a 30 credit hour program. This includes 24 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis. Together with his/her supervisory committee, each student designs a Program of Study that incorporates course work in the core curriculum, elective course work, and the thesis. The Program of Study should be submitted no later than the second semester of enrollment in the MSCCJ program.  

required course work (15 credit hours)

Theory and Research on Crime and the Criminal Justice System (6 hrs)

  • CRJ 501: Seminar in Criminal Justice 
  • CRJ 502: Seminar in Criminology

Research Methods and Analytical Techniques (9 hours)

  • CRJ 503: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 504: Statistical Tools for Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis   

Electives (9 credit hours)

*500-600 level courses 
(In consultation with the supervisory committee)

Electives (6 credit hours)

  • CRJ 599: Thesis 

filing your plan of study

The Graduate College requires students to submit their Interactive Program of Study (iPOS) online when 18 credits have been scheduled.

a reminder

All colleges, schools, divisions, and departments establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. Advisors, directors, department chairs, and deans are available to help the student understand these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student's course of study, if requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree is not granted. For this reason, it is important for all students to acquaint themselves with all regulations, to be informed throughout their college careers, and to be responsible for completing all requirements.