Program Requirements

Our Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice program offers you the choice of a thesis or non-thesis option. The thesis option requires the completion of a scientifically-based research study which is defended in front of a thesis committee. The capstone requirement for the non-thesis option is an in-depth policy analysis paper supervised by a graduate faculty member.

Degree requirements

Thesis option (A minimum of 30 hours)

  1. Core Requirements - 21 hrs

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    CRM 701 Criminal Justice Policy 3 hrs
    CRM 705 Applied Research in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 715 Leadership and Management in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 720 Crime Theory and Policy  3 hrs
    CRM 798 Thesis I 3 hrs
    CRM 799 Thesis II 3 hrs

    Students must take one of the following:

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    CRM 730 Juvenile Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 750 Law Enforcement and Community 3 hrs
    CRM 765 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 770 Correctional Theory and Practice 3 hrs
  2. Electives. Nine hours including a minimum of three hours taken from remaining CRM graduate-level courses. Courses outside CRM must be approved by the student's advisor.

Non-Thesis option (a minimum of 36 hours)

  1. Core Requirements - 15 hrs

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    CRM 701 Criminal Justice Policy 3 hrs
    CRM 705 Applied Research in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 715 Leadership and Management in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 720 Crime Theory and Policy  3 hrs
    CRM 797 Policy Analysis Capstone 3 hrs

    Students must take one of the following:

    Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
    CRM 730 Juvenile Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 750 Law Enforcement and Community 3 hrs
    CRM 765 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
    CRM 770 Correctional Theory and Practice 3 hrs
  2. Electives.  Eighteen hours including a minimum of twelve hours taken from remaining CRM graduate-level courses.  Courses outside CRM must be approved by the student's advisor.

Thesis, policy analysis paper, practicum, and independent study

For information about completing a thesis, a policy analysis paper, a practicum or independent study, see the following guideline documents:

Completing a program of study

All students must fill out a projected program of study for their graduate coursework during their second semester. Fill out the form using our 3-year projected course offerings as a guide. Once the graduate director approves the plan, email the graduate director a signed copy of the form. Students must submit a final approved program of study to the Graduate College when declaring intent to graduate.

Incomplete Grade Policy

In accordance with University Policy, incomplete (I) grades may be assigned to students when appropriate. The Criminology Graduate Faculty allows students to be granted ONE extension of the time period in which the course is to be completed, if extraordinary circumstances warrant.  The extension period shall not exceed two long semesters. Only one extension period may be given for each uncompleted course.   Students who have three incomplete grades will not be allowed to register for new courses.