Program Requirements

To complete the program, you must choose the thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis option

Complete a research study and defend it in front of a thesis committee.

Non-thesis option

Write an in-depth policy analysis paper. A graduate faculty member supervises you.

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.