The Department of Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Dore' School of Graduate Studies and the School of Extended Education, offers a program leading to a degree of Master of Science in criminal justice with a concentration in justice administration. This program offers broad training in the field of criminal justice with a focus upon police, court, and correctional administration. The program is offered online exclusively.
Prospective StudentsStudents pursuing the Master of Science in criminal justice should have credentials or experience in criminal justice or an allied field. Individuals with credentials and/or experience in law enforcement, judicial systems, or corrections who are interested in administrative roles are strong candidates for admission to the program.
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Salary and Benefits
CostThe following presents estimated, minimum itemized program costs based on spring 2013 in-state tuition and fees. These figures are only estimates.
|Expense||3 credit hours||6 credit hours||9 credit hours|
|Tuition and fees||$873||$1,576||$2,733|
|Electronic Learning Fee||$60||$120||$180|
|Total (per semester)||$1,083||$1,996||$3,363|
(based on number of credits earned each semester)
Each student, once admitted to the program, will be assigned an academic advisor who will assist him/her determine an appropriate course sequence and load each semester. In general, courses are offered on a rotating basis, and academic advisors will assist students in enrolling in courses in both timely and appropriate sequences. Explore the current offerings.
CurriculumThe 36-hour curriculum consists of 15 hours of core courses and 21 hours of elective courses.
Core CoursesCJUS 601: Police Justice Administration
CJUS 602: Court Justice Administration
CJUS 603: Correctional Justice Administration
CJUS 604: Research Methods
CJUS 605: Criminological Theory
Elective CoursesStudents will complete 21 additional semester hours of criminal justice elective hours, at least one of which must be at the 600-level. A total of 9 semester hours of graduate coursework in allied disciplines in the behavioral and social sciences disciplines may be applied to the 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 may be accepted as transfer credit hours and applied toward the required elective credits where the course focus is relevant and appropriate. A maximum total of 9 credit hours may be accepted for transfer credit hours whether at the 500 and/or 600 level.
Program AdmissionOnce admitted to the Dore' School of Graduate Studies, applicants must seek formal admission to the program before being eligible to enroll in courses.
Program Admission Requirements
Instructions to apply for program admission are provided to applicants once they are admitted to the Dore' School of Graduate Studies.
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