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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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The UHD Department of Criminal Justice currently offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree with a major in Criminal Justice. This degree will help UHD graduates provide leadership, critical thinking, and knowledge in the areas of:

  • Criminological theory
  • Program evaluation
  • Criminal justice administration

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Criminal Justice curriculum provides for the development of skills in criminal justice planning, implementation, and evaluation to ensure that the management and administration of the criminal justice system is effective, efficient, and responsive to community needs.

Research methods and statistical analysis are central elements in the curriculum.

  • Students are expected to generate unique research questions to assist the criminal justice community in evaluating its effectiveness
  • Students are encouraged to bring ecologically valid research questions from the criminal justice agencies in the area and incorporate the question into their academic pursuits.

It is through these types of experiences that the Department forges cooperative relationships between the University and the criminal justice community. This relationship provides practitioners with an opportunity to evaluate management and programming decisions, and understand how these decisions benefit both the agency and community at large.

Program Description

Students graduating with an MS in Criminal Justice will demonstrate competency in the following knowledge content areas:

  • Criminological Theory
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Research Methodology
  • Policy Analysis

Additionally, students graduating with an MS in Criminal Justice will also demonstrate competency in the following thinking skills:

  • Analytical Skills
  • Research Skills
  • Computer Proficiency
  • Problem-Solving Strategies

Students will demonstrate knowledge of these content areas and skills through course work, Criminal Justice projects, and thesis (optional).

The Master of Science (MS) degree requires:

  • A minimum of 36 semester hours
  • Students have a thesis or project option
  • All students must complete eighteen (18) hours of core classes
  • Project students complete a three (3) hour project capstone class and fifteen (15) hours of electives
  • Thesis students complete six (6) hours of thesis and twelve (12) hours of electives
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work

Core Classes (18 hours):  
Course ID Course Name
CJ 6310Issues in Criminal Justice
CJ 6320Research Design and Methods
CJ 6321Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
CJ 6330Advanced Criminology
CJ 6340Administration in Criminal Justice
CJ 6350Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
Project Course (3 hours):
CJ 6301Criminal Justice Project
Thesis Courses (6 hours):
CJ 6390Thesis I
CJ 6391Thesis II
MSCJ Electives 
(15 hours for Project)Project students select any five additional classes at the 6000 level.
(12 hours for Thesis)Thesis students select any four additional classes at the 6000 level.

A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all course work is required.

Admissions

Admission to the Online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is based on the applicants' academic ability, interests in the criminal justice system , and the personal qualities necessary to successfully complete the program. Further consideration is given to the applicant's ability to positively contribute to the field of criminal justice upon completion of the program.

Applicants to the program must meet the following minimal criteria:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice or related field from an accredited university. Applicants without a bachelor's degree in criminal justice may be required to complete additional prepatory course work as a condition of admission to the program.
  • A grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate or graduate study.
  • Applicants whose baccalaureate degree was conferred by a university whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency with a minimum composite score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam as well as a minimal score of 50 on each of the subscales.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with the applicant's potential for academic success.
    • ​​Students who have graduated within the previous 5 years, need two of the recommendation ​letters to come from a former professor

Apply today for the Master of Criminal Justice.

Applicants must complete and submit the following documentation to the Office of Admissions prior to the admissions.

  • Letters
  • All Transcripts
  • Application
  • Completion of the MSCJ Essay

Admission Deadlines​​

​Fall​​Spring
​July 15th​​​November 15th


Resources

Questions about the MSCJ Program

​Michael Cavanaugh, PhD
713-226-5578

cavanaughm@uhd.edu

Questions about the Graduation Admissions

Graduate Admissions Office
713-221-8093
713-221-2718 (fax)
gradadmissions@uhd.edu

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