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Master of Science

Criminal Justice


The Masters in Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized program of distinction and is designed to provide the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for those students who intend to enter and/or advance in criminal justice occupations; or who seek leadership, research, or teaching positions in criminal justice. Course work emphasizes leading justice system issues including legal aspects; organization, administration, management, and leadership; and information acquisition, analysis and interpretation.

  • Created in 1962, the department has become one of the most respected criminal justice programs in the world.
  • Among UCM’s criminal justice alumni are members of numerous police and corrections agencies, judges, attorneys, professors, and approximately 400 chief administrators in all parts of the world.
  • Criminal justice faculty are internationally recognized for their expertise and scholarship. Over the past five years, criminal justice faculty have published numerous books and monographs, over 100 articles and reports, and made over 150 presentations at various conferences.
  • The criminal justice faculty consists of an excellent blend of academic credentials and field experience.

Requirements for Acceptance

To be considered for admission into the program of studies for the Criminal Justice M.S. degree, the applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree in criminal justice or a related field prior to enrollment at UCM in the coursework for the program, submitted a complete graduate program application, and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on all undergraduate course work and 3.0 on all graduate course work. A student without a criminal justice degree may be required to complete up to 15 hours of background courses in criminal justice prior to taking graduate level courses. The requirement to take background courses may be waived by the Criminal Justice Graduate Coordinator based on previous courses taken and/or relevant professional experience.

Students with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 to below 3.00 may be considered for admission by the Criminal Justice Graduate Committee upon taking the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and submitting a minimal combined score on the General Test (Quantitative & Verbal Reasoning) of 300 points, and a minimal score of 4.0 on the Analytic Writing Test. Any application deviating from these admission criteria will be considered at the discretion of the Criminal Justice Graduate Committee.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (21 credit hours)

CJ 5000 The Criminal Justice System 3
CJ 5003 Criminal Justice Studies in Group Behavior 3
CJ 5006 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
CJ 5102 Administration in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 5301 Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice Sys 3
CJ 5610 Statistics for Criminal Justice 3
CJ 5620 Methods of Criminal Justice Research 3

Research (15 credit hours)
      - Thesis Option -
CJ 6600 Thesis 6
Department Approved Graduate Electives 9
     - Non-Thesis Option -
CJ 5600 Individual Research 3

Department Approved Graduate Electives (12 credit hours)

Total Hours: 36 credit hours

Questions About the Program

Dr. Melissa Petkovsek

Program Coordinator


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