Students must take the required core courses (18 hours), the concentration courses (12 hours) and elective courses (6 hours) or Thesis (6 hours). A total of thirty-six (36) credit hours of graduate work are required for graduation. Students who choose the Non-Thesis Option must also complete a Capstone Project.


To be considered for admission into the Criminal Justice Master's Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Admission into Graduate School;
  2. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning;
  3. Minimum G.P.A. of 2.70;
  4. GRE score (within the last 5 years);
  5. Three letters of recommendation from academic sources (professors, deans, etc.);
  6. A typed double spaced personal essay not more than 1,000 words, and
  7. A TOEFL score for international students.

The M.A. or M.S. Degree in Criminal Justice is awarded upon completion of 36 hours of study as stipulated in the coursework plan. Students must maintain a 3.0 G.P.A. during their program participation. In addition, the students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Admission to a regular status;
  2. All deficiencies removed;
  3. Have earned at least a 3.00 overall G.P.A. on courses applied toward the degree with no more than two C grades;
  4. Have an approved program of study on file and completed all core, concentration and elective classes on their program of study;
  5. Complete an approved/signed thesis or capstone project.



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