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Master's in Criminal Justice Administration

Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice Administration

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Administration provides an advanced understanding of the American criminal justice system. Whether you are interested in a management role with Homeland Security, Counter-Terrorism, the FBI, or Child Protective Services, just to name a few, the advanced degree helps students further their career development. The core of the program revolves around specific courses in research methods, social statistics, policy evaluation and administration.

Graduate Criminal Justice Administration Program Admission Requirement

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE scores at average percentile or better
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation, one from a professional working in the field of criminal justice

Conditional Admission

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours - 287 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation, One from a professional working in the field of criminal justice
  • OTHER EVIDENCE:
    • combined 287 on the verbal and qualitative sections of the GRE;
    • other experiences or qualifications that demonstrate potential to successfully undertake graduate study.

Decisions concerning conditional admissions are left to the discretion of the departmental graduate admission’s committee. Conditional students accepted must earn a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours of graduate study to remain in the program

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration Requirements- Thesis Option

  • Students are required to complete 30 semester credit hours of required and elective course work
  • 6 of the 30 hours will include research and preparation of the Master’s Thesis and an oral thesis defense

M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration Requirements- Non-Thesis Option

  • 36 hours of required and elective coursework
  • A written comprehensive examination

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