Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

Requirements (45 units)

Program Code: CJUM

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice is designed to serve the growing number of individuals in the criminal justice system who desire postbaccalaureate education, as well as those in more traditional public and private employment who may wish to acquire further education in criminal justice.

The degree program offers two options. One is a thesis option designed for students who intend to pursue graduate studies beyond the M.A. level and those students who have special research interests in the criminal justice system. The examination option is for those with administrative and management goals.

The program can serve a variety of student interests. It has been designed with a limited prerequisite requirement to enable students with baccalaureate degrees in related fields such as psychology, administration, anthropology, sociology or social sciences to enroll along with students with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice.

Admission to the Program

The Graduate Committee cannot act on applications until they have been reviewed by the Office of Graduate Admissions, CH-123, and have met university admissions requirements. Completed applications for admission must be received by the graduate coordinator by April 1. Applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis and enrollment is limited.

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
  2. Completion of an undergraduate major in criminal justice, criminology, sociology, or in an allied field such as psychology, administration, or another social science, or recommendation for admission to the program by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Competence in the following prerequisite areas: criminological theory, law enforcement, institutional and community corrections, research methods and statistics is expected;
  3. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  4. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 overall and 3.0 ("B") in the major;
  5. Submission of any available GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores, in the event the applicant feels that such scores would enhance their chances of admission. Submission of such scores is not mandatory;
  6. Submission to the criminal justice program of three letters of recommendation from individuals who are familiar with the student's academic work and potential to complete the program successfully. Letters must come directly from the writer or be included in a placement file, and will be evaluated by criminal justice faculty members.

Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Traditional Thesis M.A. Option:
    Completed all required course work except thesis,
    or
    Professional M.A. Option:
    Completed all required course work except Comprehensive Examination;
  3. Completed all course work taken before advancement to candidacy with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B"). Completed all course work with no more than one course with a grade as low as "C." If a second such grade is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program, but may petition the graduate admission committee for readmission. After reviewing the petition, the committee may allow readmission under such conditions as it deems appropriate. A third grade of "C" or lower will result in permanent dismissal from the program with no recourse to petition;
  4. For the traditional thesis option: made arrangements for three faculty members, in consultation with the criminal justice graduate coordinator, to serve as the student's graduate advisory committee, with one member designated to chair the committee;
  5. Submitted a formal program of graduate studies to the criminal justice graduate coordinator as approved by the graduate committee. This should be done no later than the end of the second quarter of graduate work;
  6. Petitioned the graduate committee, during the quarter in which all course work is to be completed, for formal advancement.

The graduate committee will then consider the student's scholastic performance and other circumstances and either grant advancement to candidacy, specify necessary preparatory studies, or recommend other courses of action.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 units of acceptable graduate level work, with at least 32 quarter units completed in residence at this university;
  2. Completion of course work and an acceptable thesis and final oral defense,
    or
    Completion of course work and registration in and completion of the comprehensive examination with a grade of credit (Plan II below);
  3. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.

Degree Requirements (45 units)

Plan I (Traditional Thesis Option)

CJUS 604Advanced Techniques of Basic and Applied Research in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 605Proseminar in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 606Statistical Analysis in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 607Applying Criminological Theory to Criminal Justice4
CJUS 631Seminar in Corrections4
or CJUS 632 Seminar in Policing
CJUS 686Graduate Review in Criminal Justice1
Sixteen units of electives (with no more than eight units at the 500-level) to be chosen in consultation with an advisor:16
Criminal Procedure
Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Terrorism
Crime in Public Spaces
Advanced Social Network Analysis
Juvenile Justice System
Criminality Across the Life Course
CJUS 590A-D
Topics in Criminal Justice
Crime, Criminals and Victims
Minorities in the Criminal Justice System
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Seminar in Corrections (if not taken previously)
Seminar in Policing (if not taken previously)
CJUS 650A-D
Directed Area Studies in Criminal Justice
Other courses may be allowed with consent of department.
CJUS 699AThesis I4
CJUS 699BThesis II4
Total Units45

Plan II (Professional Option)

CJUS 604Advanced Techniques of Basic and Applied Research in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 605Proseminar in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 606Statistical Analysis in Criminal Justice4
CJUS 607Applying Criminological Theory to Criminal Justice4
CJUS 631Seminar in Corrections4
or CJUS 632 Seminar in Policing
CJUS 686Graduate Review in Criminal Justice1
Twenty-four units of electives (with no more than 12 units at the 500-level) to be chosen in consultation with an advisor:24
Criminal Procedure
Crime and Intelligence Analysis
Terrorism
Crime in Public Spaces
Advanced Social Network Analysis
Juvenile Justice System
Topics in Criminal Justice (may be repeated as topics change)
Crime, Criminals and Victims
Minorities in the Criminal Justice System
Legal Issues in Criminal Justice
Seminar in Corrections (if not taken previously)
Seminar in Policing (if not taken previously)
CJUS 650A-D
Directed Area Studies in Criminal Justice
Other courses may be allowed with consent of department.
Comprehensive Examination (with a grade of credit "CR")
Total Units45