May 24, 2019  
2014-2015 Academic Catalog 
2014-2015 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

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In addition to the general requirements for admission to Graduate School, applicants for admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum score of 1100 on the GRE formula;
    (150 x undergraduate GPA + GRE [Verbal + Quantitative] score)
  • A completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better; applicants with at least five years of experience in a criminal justice or allied field with a 2.75 or higher grade point average will also be eligible;
  • A completed program application form;
  • A statement of approximately 350 words briefly describing the candidate's personal biography, career goals, and reason for applying to the program;
  • A professional or academic writing sample, such as an upper-level course term paper or any other writing assignment, that demonstrates critical thought, research skills, and personal style;
  • Three (3) academic references or letters of recommendation. If the applicant earned their most recent undergraduate degree more than three years ago, professional references are acceptable;
  • A professional resume’ that includes academic credentials and professional experience with job duties, organization, and dates of service;
  • A minimum of eighteen (18) undergraduate hours in criminal justice.


Elective Hours: 21

Students will complete twenty-one (21) additional semester hours of criminal justice elective hours, at least one of which must be at the 600-level. A total of nine(9) semester hours of graduate coursework in allied disciplines (i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, etc.), as approved by the Coordinator of Criminal Justice, may be applied to the twenty-one (21) semester hours of coursework required.

Independent research courses at the graduate level may be applied as required elective credits. Graduate level coursework in other relevant disciplines (i.e. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, etc.) may be accepted as transfer credit hours and applied toward the required elective credits where the course focus is relevant and appropriate as determined by the Coordinator of Criminal Justice. A maximum total of nine (9) credit hours may be accepted for transfer credit hours whether at the 500 and/or 600 level. Possible 600 level elective courses include:

Total Hours: 36

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