Sep 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, M.A. (430104)


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Program Admission


All applicants for regular admission to the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program must meet the following criteria:

Regular Status 

Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements to be regularly admitted:

Any graduate, terminal, or professional degree from a regionally accredited university
OR
a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited university
OR
a GPA of 2.75 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework from a regionally accredited university

 

Conditional Status

Applicants must meet one of the following minimum requirements to be conditionally admitted:
Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited university
OR
a GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework from a regionally accredited university
OR
Minimum formula score of 622.6 (2.2 GPA x 283 GRE)
OR
With a GPA of 2.2 or higher, some candidates with 5 years of employment in a relevant field of study may qualify for a waiver of test scores.

 
Students who are admitted conditionally may not earn more than one grade lower than ‘B’ and no grade lower than ‘C’ during the first 12 semester hours of graduate course work. Any graduate student in the Criminal Justice degree program who earns more than two grades less than ‘B’ or any grade less than ‘C’ on graduate work will not be allowed to continue in the Criminal Justice graduate program. Any student who pursues approved course work at another university must present a transcript at the end of the semester in which the student initially enrolls in the transfer course work. Students who do not present transcripts as required will not be allowed to continue in the Criminal Justice graduate program nor enroll in criminal justice graduate courses until such time as the transcript is received.

Students who do not have undergraduate degrees in criminal justice may be required to complete specified undergraduate deficiency courses prior to enrolling in graduate criminal justice course work.

Program Requirements


Applicants must complete the bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a major in the field of Criminal Justice. Other bachelor’s degrees will be considered on an individual basis. Selected undergraduate background courses may be required to remove undergraduate deficiencies.

Basic core requirements for the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice are:

Thesis Option


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Additional requirements for the thesis option include:

  • Nine semester hours of criminal justice electives
  • Six semester hours of   

For a total of 33 semester hours

Non-Thesis Option


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Additional requirements for the non-thesis option include:

  • Twelve (12) semester hours of criminal justice electives
  • Six semester hours in an approved supporting area

 For a total of 36 semester hour for the degree.

Graduate Courses


Note: To receive graduate credit for a 4000-level course designated “For Undergraduate and Graduates,” a student must be in graduate admission status at the time credit is earned in the course. Credit earned in undergraduate admission status cannot be changed to graduate credit.

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