MA Program Requirements

(** Students who matriculated in fall 2016 or later must complete the degree requirements found here. **)

The M.A. degree requires the successful completion of 30 credits of course work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0. Up to six (6) credits of graduate level studies completed elsewhere may be applied toward the required 30 credits.

Appropriate courses may be taken outside of the School of Criminal Justice at this University, and credits earned applied toward the M.A. degree in criminal justice. Students should receive the approval of their academic advisor before enrolling in such courses.

To satisfy requirements for the M.A. degree, students must:

  • Complete 30 credits of course work with a B (3.0) or better grade point average
  • Complete two foundation courses:
    • CRJ 540 - Theories of Criminal Justice
    • CRJ 507 - Criminological Theory
  • Complete the support sequence of statistics and research design:
    • CRJ 504 - Statistics (or equivalent)
    • CRJ 505 - Research Design (or equivalent)
  • Pass the M.A. comprehensive examination
  • Comply with the University's statute of limitations requirement by completing all study for which credit is applied to the M.A. within six years.