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The Department of Criminal Justice offers a program leading to the M.S. degree. The primary purpose of the program is to provide the criminal justice student with a broad knowledge base and specialized technical training in criminal justice. Course work in the program is designed to increase individual competency, develop analytical thought processes and facilitate the development of abilities and skills. Course work focuses on examination of contemporary issues in the administration of justice counseling, research and management problems in the fields of criminal justice and correctional education. Through the advanced study of theoretical and applied issues the Master’s degree student will be prepared to assume leadership positions in the field of criminal justice.

PROGRAMS OF STUDY

For the Master of Science degree, areas of specialization include administration, correctional counseling, crime and delinquency prevention and control, and criminal justice planning and research. For the Master of Education degree, areas of specialization include correctional education, correctional counseling, and correctional administration.

Students enrolled in the criminal justice program may pursue studies on a full-time or part-time basis in either a degree or non-degree capacity. A student desiring to work toward either of the degrees must confer with the department chairperson for initial advisement and for the assignment of a faculty advisor.

With the written approval of the department chairperson, a nondegree seeking student may register for criminal justice courses while acceptance to a degree program is pending. No more than twenty-one (21) credit hours completed as a non-degree-seeking student may be applied toward either the M.S. or M.Ed. degree.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The Department of Criminal Justice offers two options for completion of the master’s degree: comprehensive examination and thesis.

  • Option I - Comprehensive Examination: Students choosing Option I must complete a minimum of thirty-three (33) hours of course work in the graduate curriculum, submit a completed seminar paper meeting accepted standards in the discipline and pass a comprehensive examination.
  • Option II - Thesis: Students choosing Option II must complete thirty-three (33) hours of course work plus CRJU 583 and 584. The final written thesis must show evidence of research rigor and meet accepted standards in the discipline. Each student is required to present an oral defense of the thesis before a faculty thesis advisor. 

FIELD TRAINING AND INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Each student working toward a Master’s degree in criminal justice is encouraged to complete a minimum of three (3) credit hours in either field training or internship in a criminal justice setting related to the area of specialization. The field training/internship experience consists of a minimum of ninety (90) clock hours of field-related experience for one (1) full semester. The primary objective of the field training/internship is to enable the student to experience criminal justice system practices in action. Field training/internship involves placement in agencies that agree to provide supervised experience at a level corresponding to the student’s academic development and career goals. Because field training/internship is viewed as an opportunity to integrate concepts acquired in the classroom with the practical problems of the criminal justice field, students will normally not be approved for enrollment in the field training/internship prior to completion of a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of graduate credit.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE


Core Courses: (12-21 Credit Hours) Credits
CRJU 550 Introduction to Correction Systems
CRJU 553 Public Administration
CRJU 554* Graduate Survey in Criminal Justice Administration
CRJU 557 The Criminal Justice Function in African American Society 
CRJU 558 Social Control, Criminal Justice and Community Relations
CRJU 559* Review and Evaluation of Criminal Justice Research
CRJU 563* Advanced Criminology
EDUC 582* Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
EDUC 581*

Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences (required if student has no previous background)


CRJU 583 Thesis Project I (required in thesis option) 
CRJU 584 Thesis Project II (required in thesis option)
*Required course

Note: EDUC 581 and EDUC 582 are prerequisites for CRJU 583 and CRJU 584.

Requirements for the Specialty Areas

Criminal Justice Administration: (9 Credit Hours)


CRJU 551* Administrative Theory
CRJU 560* Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration
CRJU 568* Problems in the Exercise of Institutional Authority
Crime and Delinquency Prevention and Control: (9 Credit Hours)
CRJU 501* Sociology of Crime and Delinquency 3
CRJU 562* Community Corrections
CRJU 566* Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Corrections
Correctional Counseling: (9 Credit Hours)
CRJU 506* Practicum in Correctional Counseling/ Education
REHB 516* Theories and Techniques of Counseling 3
REHB 610* Organization and Administration of Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs 
Criminal Justice Research and Planning* (9 Credit Hours)
CRJU 516* Comprehensive Planning in the Criminal Justice System
CRJU 574* Research for Planning
CRJU 577* Criminal Justice Program Planning and Evaluation

Recommended Electives: (12 Credit Hours)

Credits: To be selected from the following courses or any of the above courses which are not used to fulfill requirements.


SPED 510 Seminar in Psychology of Exceptional Individuals
PSYC 511 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
CRJU 515 Information Processing and the Criminal Justice System
PSYC 613 Career Development and Occupational Choice
PSYC 612 Group Counseling
CRJU 514 Psychiatry and the Law
CRJU 517 Employment Problems of the Offender
CRJU 519 Rights of the Incarcerated
PSYC 641 Advanced Individual and Group

Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
CRJU 564 Criminal Justice Management
CRJU 565 Field Training
CRJU 567 Case Analysis in Prevention Programs
CRJU 569 Counseling the Juvenile and Adult Offender
CRJU 573 Issues in Curriculum Construction in Correctional Education
CRJU 575 Quantitative Research in Criminal Justice
CRJU 588 Supervision and Administration of Correctional Education Programs
CRJU 601 Seminar in Professional Research
REHB 636 Multicultural Counseling
*Required Course

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