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Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology Course Requirements

Course Requirements for the Conventional Track: Master of Arts
in Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology requires a total of 32 semester hours. Mandatory among these hours are a minimum of 28 hours of graded course work and a minimum of 4 hours of Crm J 702 credits.

Core Courses (16 credits)

  • Crm J 520: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Crm J 522: Foundations of Quantitative Methods
  • Crm J 530: Criminal Justice: Process and Institutions
  • Crm J 540: Seminar in Evaluation Research
  • Crm J 555: Seminar in Criminological Theory

Institutional Courses (6 credits)

Select courses in two of the following three areas:

  • Policing (such as Crm J 570, 572)
  • Corrections (such as Crm J 541, 542)
  • Courts (such as Crm J 560)

Electives (6 credits)

  • Select two courses from within the DCJC or from other departments. Non-criminal justice courses must be relevant to a student’s educational and professional goals, and must be approved by the student’s committee and the DCJC Graduate Advisor.
    • Crm J 505: Comparative Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 510: Leadership in Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 511: Criminal Justice Management
    • Crm J 512: Juvenile Justice
    • Crm J 513: Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 521: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Research Methods
    • Crm J 523: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods
    • Crm J 531: Drugs, Alcohol, and Crime
    • Crm J 541: Seminar in Corrections
    • Crm J 542: Community Corrections
    • Crm J 560: Prosecution and Adjudication
    • Crm J 570: The Police and Society
    • Crm J 572: Seminar in Comparative Policing
    • Crm J 580: Gender and Justice
    • Crm J 591: Seminar in the Administration of Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 592: Proseminar in Administration, Justice, and Applied Policy Studies
    • Crm J 594: Special Topics in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • Crm J 595: Advanced Topics in Criminal Justice Institutions and Processes
    • Crm J 596: Special Topics: Criminal Justice and Public Health

Complete Master’s Examination (4 credits minimum)

  • Crm J 702: Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination

Course Requirements for the
Master’s Degree with a Certificate
in Global Justice and Security Track

A minimum of 32 semester-hours total credits is required for the certificate, including seven core graded courses, two elective graded courses, and four hours of Crm J 702 (graded pass/fail only). Students must successfully complete at least 28 hours of graded course work, 22 hours (7 courses) of which must be at the 500-level.

Core Courses (22 credits)

  • Crm J 520: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • Crm J 522: Foundations of Quantitative Methods
  • Crm J / PS 505: Comparative Criminal Justice.
    (Crosslisted course offered as either Crm J 505 or POL S 505)
  • Crm J 555: Seminar in Criminological Theory
  • Crm J 572: Seminar in Comparative Policing
  • PS 424: [M] US National Security Policy
  • PS 531: Seminar in International Security

Two elective courses selected (6 credits), with approval of the Graduate Studies Committee for DCJC, from:

  • Crm J 400: Criminal Justice [M] Issues in the Administration of Criminal Justice: Transnational Crime
  • Crm J 530: Criminal Justice: Process and Institutions
  • Crm J 540 / PS 541: Seminar in Evaluation Research
    (Crosslisted course offered as Crm J 540, POL S 541)
  • Crm J 560: Prosecution and Adjudication
  • Crm J 570: The Police and Society
  • P 400: Political Science Issues: Homeland Security
  • PS 533: Topics in Political Psychology

Complete Master’s Examination (4 credits minimum)

  • Crm J 702: Master’s Special Problems, Directed Study, and/or Examination

Administration and Oversight

The Certificate program will be advised and guided by a three-faculty committee drawn from Criminal Justice and Criminology and Political Science. The committee will guide the administration of the Certificate; evaluate the suitability of proposed new course offerings and the ongoing relevance of existing courses; liaison with Political Science faculty who are teaching courses within the Certificate to consult on changes in Political Science faculty and interests; coordinate course offerings to be able to make required courses available on time and without overlap; and conduct the passing out of oral exam.