M.C.J. in Criminal Justice
The M.C.J. provides the justice practitioner with academic training beyond the bachelor’s degree to enhance skills as criminal justice and homeland security professionals. Two emphases are offered: homeland security and criminal justice.
Minimum Total Credit Hours: 36
The M.C.J. is a 36-graduate-hour program. Students are required to complete a thesis (6 hours) or complete a criminal justice practicum (6 hours). All students must complete the core courses (12 hours), emphasis area courses (9 hours from either the criminal justice or homeland security emphasis course set), and approved electives (9 hours).
Core Courses: CJ 500-Criminal Justice Administration CJ 635-Criminal Justice Research Methods CJ 645-Criminal Justice and Intelligence Analysis CJ 655-Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis
Emphasis Courses: 9 hours from either emphasis areas
Electives and Thesis/Practicum: Students must have a minimum of 9 hours of electives from the courses included in this program or graduate courses approved by the M.C.J. program director. Students must complete a thesis (CJ 697, 6 hours) or a practicum course (CJ 690, 3 hours).
Other Academic Requirements
Students must pass a comprehensive examination in the emphasis area during the last semester of course enrollment.