Mission and Goals
The department provides a comprehensive education in criminal justice through an academically rigorous, multidisciplinary program of study. The curriculum, which is grounded in the social sciences, integrates theory, research and practice with a goal to prepare students for leadership positions in the criminal justice profession and/or for advanced graduate study. The department is committed to fostering an intellectual climate that encourages faculty research, thus enhancing the understanding of criminal justice issues. The department also provides the state and local criminal justice community with expertise across a wide range of specialties represented among the faculty.
The department will contribute to the field through expanding our knowledge base both in criminal justice and in other disciplines. We will promote excellence in teaching, research and professional service. The department will produce graduate students who enhance the reputation of the department at the local, state, and national level and are attractive to criminal justice agencies and advanced graduate schools.
Our graduate students will receive broadly based knowledge in criminal justice and related disciplines, acquire academic skills in critical thinking, conceptualization and analysis and have an in-depth understanding of the complexities of decision-making, policy implementation and planned organizational change as it relates to criminal justice.Change in Candidacy Form
About the Program
This program integrates theory, research, and practice that are grounded in the
social sciences. The academically rigorous curriculum prepares students for leadership positions in professional criminal justice fields or for advanced graduate study.
Program graduates have a broad base of knowledge in criminal justice and related
disciplines; academic skills in critical thinking, conceptualization and analysis; and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of decision making, policy implementation, and planned organizational change in criminal justice.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours.
2. A written statement of intent that includes the applicant’s preparation for graduate study (guidelines available from the department).
3. If minimum requirements are not met, the graduate faculty may grant an applicant conditional admission to the program as a premajor if the applicant has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)
a. A minimum of five years of full-time work experience in the criminal justice
b. A minimum combined score of 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
4. Applications are reviewed on a continual basis for the fall and spring semesters.
1. An undergraduate descriptive and inferential statistics course from a four-year institution with a grade of C or above.
2. An undergraduate research methods course from a four-year institution.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program
section in this catalog.
Required Core Courses 9 credits
CRJ 501 Theoretical Perspectives on Crime/Criminal Justice
CRJ 504 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJ 603 Administration of Criminal Justice
Elective Courses 24–27 credits
Select from the following:
CRJ 508 History of Criminal Justice
CRJ 590 Independent Study
CRJ 601 Correctional Strategies
CRJ 602 Organizational Behavior and Management Process in Criminal Justice
CRJ 604 Criminal Courts
CRJ 605 Law and Social Control
CRJ 606 Law Enforcement Issues
CRJ 608 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
CRJ 620 White Collar Crime
CRJ 622 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 624 Computer Application
CRJ 625 Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
CRJ 626 Gender Issues in Criminal Justice
CRJ 628 Organized Crime
CRJ 630 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice
CRJ 635 Criminal Justice Ethics
CRJ 710 Research Project
Up to 9 credit hours of electives may be taken outside the department with prior written approval of the student’s academic adviser.
Comprehensive Examination or Master’s Project 0-3 credits
Select one option:
CRJ 690 Master’s Project (3)
Total Required Credit Hours 36 credits
All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.