Jun 21, 2024  
2009-2011 Graduate Catalog 

Criminal Justice Professional M.A

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Designed for the full-time criminal justice professional, the Professional Master’s Degree Program in Criminal Justice provides students with advanced knowledge of the nature of crime, criminal justice institutions and processes, current criminal justice policy and training in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation. The program will also be open to students seeking a terminal master’s degree and a career in the criminal justice system. Upon completion of the program, students will have furthered their understanding of crime, the criminal justice system, and be able to conduct evaluations of policies and programs within various agencies in the justice system. This program is structured so that enrolled students can complete the program in two years of part-time study (six credit hours per regular semester and six credit hours during the summer sessions).

Recognizing most full-time professionals have schedules that often preclude attendance during regular class times, the program utilizes a variety of distance education techniques, including prerecorded and compressed video, and online instruction.


Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree in criminal justice or related social or behavioral science with a minimum GPA of 2.75 for all undergraduate work and a 3.00 for the last two years of undergraduate work is required for admission to the program. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission.
  2. A Criminal Justice Graduate Program Application Cover Page must be completed.
  3. A Statement of Purpose for pursuing the Professional Master’s Degree, addressing the student’s particular interests in the field of criminal justice and his or her professional goals, will be provided at the time of the student’s application.
  4. Two letters of reference are required.
    It is preferred that both letters be from professors from whom the applicant took the classes. If the applicant completed the undergraduate degree work within the past five years, it is required that at least one letter be from a professor, unless the applicant can document the reasons why a letter from a former professor is difficult to obtain.  If the applicant completed the undergraduate degree work more than five years ago and is currently working in a criminal justice-related field, two letters may be obtained from the applicant’s direct supervisor or co-workers.References from other sources will not be reviewed.
  5. Application forms, fees, and official transcripts are submitted to the Graduate College. Submit an additional copy of official transcripts, the two letters of recommendation, and the statement of purpose, along with the Application Cover Page, directly to the department.
  6. International Students. Applicants who are citizens of a country where English is not the native language must show competency in the English language. As a part of the entrance requirements, they must take the “Test as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) and receive a minimum of 500 (written) or 213 (computerized). International applicants must also submit a completed financial statement before their application can be reviewed and should check with the Graduate College regarding application procedures.

Degree Requirements

Completion of 36 credits of graduate study at the 600 and 700 levels.

Required Courses




An additional course from either of one of the following areas:














Criminal Justice Institutions:












An additional nine credits in elective, graduate criminal justcie courses are required. A maximum of nine credits of 600-level courses is allowed


Comprehensive Examination

All students enrolled in the Professional Master’s Degree in the Professional Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice will be required to pass a comprehensive examination. Three credits of graduate work (CRJ 796) will be awarded upon successful completion of the examination.

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