Master of Science in Criminal Justice

University of North Alabama

Program Description

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

University of North Alabama

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) Program offers options for both in-class traditional and international graduate students as well as non-traditional working law enforcement professionals through it's online delivery options. In both cases, students will receive a quality educational experience based on critical thinking, analysis, and research. UNA MSCJ graduates will be well positioned for promotion to positions of greater responsibility within their organizations or new opportunities, as well as continuing advanced study at the Doctorate level and follow on teaching opportunities.

Advisement

Upon admission to the program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor who will provide continued supervision and guidance.

Degree Program Plans

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree: a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit, to include the following:

<strong>Hours</strong>

Required Core…………………………………………………….…..………………9

  • CJ 618, Crime in America (3)
  • CJ 640 Methods of Research in Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ 650, Criminological Theory (3)
  • CJ 698, Comprehensive Exam (0)

Electives…………………………………………………………………………….……21

(A maximum of 15 hours can be taken at the 500 level. Students are not permitted to receive credit for a 500-level course if they received credit for the comparable senior-level undergraduate course. Up to six hours of electives may be taken outside the Department of Criminal Justice with prior approval from the Department of Criminal Justice).

  • CJ 505, Criminal Investigation (3)
  • CJ 506, Forensic Investigation (3)
  • CJ 530, Criminal Evidence (3)
  • CJ 534, Criminal Procedure (3)
  • CJ 550, Theory and Crime Control (3)
  • CJ 580, Psychological Dimensions of Criminal Justice Practice (3)
  • CJ 591, Special Topics (3)
  • CJ 606, Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (3)
  • CJ 610, Nature and Function of the American Judicial System (3)
  • CJ 614, Management and Policy in Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
  • CJ 622, Contemporary Issues in Corrections (3)
  • CJ 630, Victimology (3)
  • CJ 634, Advanced Criminal Procedure (3)
  • CJ 645, Advanced Statistical Procedure (3)
  • CJ 660, Comparative Criminal Justice (3)
  • CJ 690, Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement (3)
  • CJ 699, Independent Study/Research (3)

Total……………………………………………………………………………..30 hours.

In the last semester in which all other course requirements are expected to be completed, the student must register for CJ 698 (Comprehensive Examination) in order to take a written comprehensive examination prior to graduation in order to complete the program. The exam will be taken on-site in the Criminal Justice Department over the course of two days.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for Admission to Graduate Studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the MSCJ degree program also requires the following:

Unconditional Admission

  • Hold a masters or higher degree from a regionally accredited university. Official transcript must reflect that degree was awarded. No test scores are required.

OR

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree and possess a minimum GPA of 2.5 on all attempted undergraduate course work.

AND

  • Receive a minimum a score of 286 [verbal plus quantitative] on the Graduate Record Exam or a minimum score of 380 on the Miller Analogies Test.

Conditional Admission

Any applicant failing to meet the requirements for unconditional admission to the MSCJ program may be conditionally admitted with recommendations of the graduate faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice and approval of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants granted conditional admittance must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the first nine hours (three courses) of completed graduate coursework. Failure to make this GPA requirement will result in the student being eliminated from the program.

Miscellaneous

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester: July 1st
Spring Semester: November 1st



Last updated April 21, 2016
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