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M.A. in Criminology

The M.A. program on the main campus offers full- or part-time study. The program is appropriate for students who are preparing for doctoral studies, along with careers in research or the administration of criminal justice. The M.A. program is also available online as as a part-time program.

Admission Criteria

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research, a student intending to work toward a Master of Arts degree in Criminology will be required to have the following prerequisite academic and/or professional preparation:

  • Students should be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of criminological theory and the criminal justice system (generally satisfied by a bachelor’s degree in criminology, criminal justice, or related field); or,
  • Students should have knowledge gained through experience within the justice system or by specialized training or completed graduate or undergraduate studies in a related field.

All applicants for the Master of Arts degree in Criminology must possess the essence of knowledge offered in the undergraduate (B.A.) program core courses. These courses are:

CRIM 102 Survey of Criminology
CRIM 306 Criminological Research Methods
CRIM 400 Theoretical Criminology
CRIM 401 Contemporary Issues in Criminology

If, upon the consideration of the Department of Criminology Graduate Committee, an applicant is deemed to be deficient, the department, through the master’s coordinator, will require appropriate undergraduate courses to remove these deficiencies. Students begin the M.A. in Criminology program during the Fall semester only. Applicants may apply at any time; however, priority will be given to completed applications received by March 15. After March 15, applications will be received, but admission to the program is contingent upon the availability of space.

Program Requirements

Students must choose between a thesis or non-thesis curriculum by the end of their second semester at latest.

I. Thesis Degree Requirements:

A total of 30 semester hours is required, including:

CRIM 600 Criminological Theory 3 cr.
CRIM 601 Proseminar 3 cr.
CRIM 605 Research Methods 3 cr.
CRIM 610 Legal Issues in Criminology 3 cr.
CRIM 632 Organizational Dynamics within the Criminal Justice System 3 cr.
CRIM 718 Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology 3 cr.
CRIM 730 Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology 3 cr.
CRIM 795 Thesis 6 cr.
----- Electives 3 cr.

Total 30 cr.

II. Non-Thesis Degree Requirements:

A total of 30 semester hours is required, including:

CRIM 600 Criminological Theory 3 cr.

CRIM 601

Proseminar 3 cr.
CRIM 605 Research Methods 3 cr.
CRIM 610 Legal Issues in Criminology 3 cr.
CRIM 632 Organizational Dynamics within theCriminal Justice System 3 cr.
CRIM 718 Quantitative Strategies for Analysis in Criminology 3 cr.
CRIM 730 Ethical and Philosophical Issues in Criminology 3 cr.
CRIM 791 Synthesis Project 3 cr.
----- Electives 6 cr.

Total 30 cr.

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