Master of Arts in Criminal Justice


How to Apply:

1. Prepare program requirement materials (see requirements below)

2. Apply Online


Request an application packet from Graduate School: Here

Information on the Online CJ MA Program

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the Graduate School admission requirements, applicants must submit: (1) TWO LETTERS OF REFERENCE from people acquainted with the applicant's background and potential and (2) A BRIEF AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT describing particular interests, expenses and goals related to academic and professional work in criminal justice.

          Applicants are evaluated with respect to (1) undergraduate grade point average; a minimum GP A of 3. 0 based on the last 60 hours is required for consideration of admission to degree status; (2) amount, type and scope of undergraduate preparation; and (3) reference letters. Final recommendation on a candidate's admission to the MAC] program is made to the Graduate School by the graduate coordinator of the Criminal Justice program.

Degree Requirements:

Students pursuing the MA degree in criminal justice may follow either a thesis or a non-thesis option. Both program options require a minimum of 36 hours, including 24 hours taken in courses numbered 700 or above.

*All degree candidates are required to complete CJ 802, 893, 894, and 897 with a grade of B or better in each course. All core courses should be completed in the first two semesters of study. Students selecting the thesis option may count up to 6 hours of thesis credit toward the required 36-hour total.

The MACJ degree requires a minimum of 36 hours, including 24 hours taken in courses numbered 700 or above.


Students selecting the thesis option must pass an oral defense of the thesis.


CJ 802 - Quantitative Methods for Public Sector Professionals
               (should be completed in the first 2 semesters)
CJ 893 - Seminar in Applied Criminal Theory
CJ 894 - Proseminar in Criminal Justice

               (should be completed in the first 2 semesters of study)
CJ 897 - Advanced Research Methods
               (or an approved graduate live/ methods course)


CJ 501 - Integrity in Public Service
CJ 513 - Violent Crime
CJ 515 - Sex Crimes
CJ 516 - Profiling
CJ 517 - Homicide Investigation
CJ 518 - CJ & Crime in Film

CJ 520 - Drug & Alcohol Issues in CJ
CJ 521 - Forensic Social Work

CJ 530 - Private Security 
CJ 541 - Medical & Legal Aspects of Death Investigations
CJ 551 - Workshop in CJ
CJ 593 - Crime Causation & CJ Policy

CJ 598 - Comtemporary Issues in CJ
CJ 600 - Forensic Anthropology
CJ 610 - Correctional Counseling
CJ 641 - Forensic Psychiatry
CJ 643 - Forensic Science
CJ 651 - Dispute Resolution
CJ 652 - Juvenile Justice & Social Policy
CJ 692 - Community Policing
CJ 781 - Cooperative Education/Internship
CJ 783 - Advanced Special Topics in CJ
CJ 796 - Criminal Typologies
CJ 797 - Public Policy Analysis & Program Evaluation 
CJ 817 - Crime in Popular Culture 
CJ 820 - Terrorism & Modern Societies
CJ 850 - Workshop
CJ 853 - Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

CJ 855 - Seminar in Juvenile Justice 
CJ 861 - Police Administration
CJ 873 - Advanced Criminal Law
CJ 874 - Qualitative Methods
CJ 882 - Individual Directed Study
CJ 891 - Seminar in Judicial Process
CJ 895 - Seminar in Policing
CJ 896 - Seminar in Corrections
CJ 898 - Applied Research Paper
CJ 900 - Thesis

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