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The MS in criminology and criminal justice is a research degree program designed to provide students with a high level of theoretical and empirical knowledge about crime and criminal justice. The program also is designed to provide students with the advanced research skills needed for careers as criminal justice researchers and for continued study in doctoral programs in criminology or criminal justice.
Required Core (12 credit hours)
CRJ 501 Seminar in Criminal Justice (3)
CRJ 502 Seminar in Criminology (3)
CRJ 503 Research Methods for Criminal Justice (3)
CRJ 504 Statistical Tools for Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
Electives (9-15 credits hours)
Other Requirement (3 credit hours)
CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis (3)
Culminating Experience: (3-6 credit hours)
CRJ 505 Theory and Practice in Criminal Justice (3) or
CRJ 599 Thesis (6)
Additional Curriculum Information
Students choose either the thesis option or the capstone course. CRJ 604 Advanced Statistical Analysis is only required for the thesis option. To satisfy the thesis requirements for the degree, candidates must write a thesis and defend it in an oral examination conducted by the student's thesis committee.
Each student's program is designed in consultation with the faculty advisor.