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Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys Building 300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4950





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Criminal Justice Accelerated Dual Degree Program

Bachelor of Science & Master of Science Degree

Dr. Randa Matusiak, Graduate Program Coordinator
E-mail: matusiak@ucmo.edu

Department of Criminal Justice

Humphreys 300

Warrensburg, MO 64093

660-543-4950

 

MISSION STATEMENT

It is the mission of the Department of Criminal Justice to ensure that all our graduates master a comprehensive curriculum in criminal justice which is dynamic, rigorous, and that prepares them to excel and become leaders in their profession and contribute to the betterment of society.

EXPECTED STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

The graduate with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice will use the knowledge and skill obtained in the program to:

  • Articulate knowledge of the major issues facing the criminal justice system in the nation and world.
  • Conduct and present an independent research project.
  • Communicate and interact professionally in scholarly, academic settings
  • Delineate the ethical principles of human subject protection in social science research

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This 140 credit-hour program combines the BS in Criminal Justice with the MS in Criminal Justice degrees and provides the student with a seamless path to complete the credit hours that are now required for these two degrees.

WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?

This program allows students to:

  • save time by graduating one year sooner with a Masters and Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice,
  • save on the cost of being in school for a sixth year, and
  • enroll in a unique CJ program that is not offered by any other college in the state.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for this program will need to:

  • establish that they have earned a minimum of 45 credit-hours of undergraduate studies taken at UCM,
  • establish that they have earned a minimum of 3.0 GPA on all completed undergraduate work,
  • submit 2 satisfactory letters of recommendation,
  • submit a 1000-word essay expressing educational and career goals and reasons for interest in the program, and
  • achieve a composite score of above 300 (quantitative and verbal) on the Revised GRE.

APPLICATION DUE DATES

To be considered for admission into the Criminal Justice Accelerated Dual Degree program ,it is recommended that students apply as soon as they have completed 45 credit hours at UCM .This will help to ensure appropriate planning for the remainder of course requirements. All applicants will be notified of their admission status via an email and official letter.

ONLINE FORM

Use the following form to formally apply for this program.

Accelerated Dual Degree Program Application

Instructions for Writing Sample

SUGGESTED FIVE YEAR PLAN

Freshman Year – 1st Semester
Hours   Freshman Year – 2nd Semester Hours

CJ 1000 Introduction to CJ (Gen Ed)
*ENGL 1020 Composition I (Gen Ed)
General Education
**AE 1400 Freshman Seminar
Semester Total

3
3
9
1
16

General Education
CJ 3010 Policing a Democratic Society
^^ENGL 1030  Composition II (Gen Ed)
CJ 1605 Orientation to the Major
Semester Total

9
3
3
1
16

 
Sophomore Year – 1st Semester Hours   Sophomore Year – 2nd Semester Hours

Free Choice Electives
CJ 2300 Criminal Law and Procedure
General Education
Semester Total

3
3
9
15

CJ 3006 Corrections
Free Choice Electives*
General Education
Semester Total

3
6
6
15
 
Junior Year – 1st Semester Hours   Junior Year – 2nd Semester Hours

CJ 3600 Intro to CJ Research
Free Choice Electives*
OR
CJ 4503 Dynamics of Criminal Behavior General Education
Semester Total

3
6

3
3
15

General Education (IGEN/ICAP)
Free Choice Electives*
Approved CJ Undergraduate Elective
CJ 3605 Junior Seminar in Criminal Justice

Semester Total

3
6
6
1

16
 
4th Year – Final Semester Undergrad Hours   4th Year – 1st Semester  Grad Hours

CJ 4605 Senior Seminar
Free Choice Electives*
Approved CJ Undergraduate Elective
Semester Total

1
10
3
14
CJ 5000 The Criminal  Justice System
CJ 5610 Statistics for Criminal Justice
CJ 5003 CJ Studies in Group Behavior
Semester Total
3
3
3
9
 
5th Year – First Semester Hours   5th Year – 2nd Semester Hours

CJ 5620 Methods of CJ Research
CJ 5006 Comparative CJ Systems
CJ 5102 Administration in CJ
Approved Graduate Elective

Semester Total

3
3
3
3

12
CJ 5301 Legal Aspects of the CJ System
Approved Graduate Elective
CJ 6600 Thesis, OR
CJ 5600 FCAP
& Approved Graduate Elective
Semester Total
3
3


6
12

*CJ 1000 fulfills 3 s.h. of a Div.II B

^ENGL 1020 fulfils 3 s.h. of Div.I A

^^ENGL 1030 fulfills 3 s.h. Div I A

** AE 1400 (1hr.) is highly recommended for academic success.AE 1400 counts as a free choice elective.

Please see the current UCM Course Catalog for information on other Criminal Justice courses.