The master of science degree in criminal justice emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to urban studies with a focus on public safety. The program stresses training in policy analysis and practice, particularly as it is relevant to community and urban issues.
The program builds on the foundation of locally relevant policy research by providing its students with the critical skills to carry out such work and the experience to assure success in employment or in pursuit of further graduate studies. The program’s objective is to provide students with a strong foundation in criminological, criminal justice theory, and social scientific research skills, thus enabling graduates to have successful careers in the policy analysis arena or to be prepared to pursue advanced study beyond the master’s degree.
Applications for admission are accepted for all academic quarters. All students admitted to the graduate program will be assigned a graduate advisor who will assure the program meets the individual needs of the students.
Admission decisions will be based upon the following:
- completed application for graduate study
- a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
- completion of the baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- two writing samples, one which is a personal statement
- personal interview
- statistics course (students may be required to take a data analysis or a statistics course if not taken previously)
- two letters of recommendation (when possible letters should be from faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic work)
- scores from the Graduate Record Examination
- scores from the TOEFL (or its equivalent) for students from countries where English is not the primary language. A minimum score of 570 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based), or 88 (Internet-based) is required.
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Last updated June 5, 2017