Dec 06, 2019  
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog 
    
2018 - 2020 UTPB Graduate Studies Catalog

Criminal Justice Administration, MS


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Administrative Unit

The program is administered by the Office of Graduate Studies and Research through the faculty of Criminology in the Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences. This program is also served by faculty in related disciplines and the School of Business.

Objective

The primary objective of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration program is to provide an advanced understanding of the American criminal justice system and advanced instruction in the management of the agencies and institutions which make up that system. The core of the program revolves around specific courses in research methods, social statistics, policy evaluation and administration. Designated electives focus on governmental entities which deal with problems associated with crime control, public policy, and the administration of justice. Students who are in criminal justice positions or who plan a career in criminal justice can further their career development and advancement objectives through this program. The program also prepares students for community college teaching and entry into doctoral programs.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies applicants for this program are required to submit three letters of recommendation. Two of these letters should be from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation and the third should be from a professional working in the field of criminal justice. The letters should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies.

Regular Admission Status

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 3.0 or better in the last 60 credit hours
  • GRE scores at average percentile or better
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation, One from a professional working in the field of criminal justice

Conditional Admission Status

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA below 3.0 – 2.75 in the last 60 credit hours
  • 287 (verbal and quantitative combined)
  • Three letters of recommendation: Two letters from persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic preparation, One from a professional working in the field of criminal justice
  • OTHER EVIDENCE:
    • combined 287 on the verbal and qualitative sections of the GRE;
    • other experiences or qualifications that demonstrate potential to successfully undertake graduate study.

Decisions concerning conditional admissions are left to the discretion of the departmental graduate admission’s committee. Conditional students accepted must earn a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours of graduate study to remain in the program.

Options

Both thesis and non-thesis options are available. Thesis degree plans will include CJAD 6399 Master’s Thesis  (6 hrs), 30 hours of required and elective coursework and an oral thesis defense. Non-thesis degree plans will include 36 hours of required and elective coursework and a written comprehensive examination. All theses are to be prepared according to the guidelines of the Office of Graduate Studies. Discussion with the academic advisor is recommended early in the development of the degree plan. Students who aspire to doctoral work are typically advised to select the thesis option.

Core Requirements (15 sch)


Students entering the program are required to have completed key prerequisite undergraduate courses in Research Methods and Statistics, and must show evidence (e.g. undergraduate coursework, work experience) of a basic understanding of the American criminal justice system. Students deficient in these areas may be admitted to the program conditionally and may be required to take appropriate undergraduate leveling courses. Evaluation of previous transcripts for prerequisite course work will be part of the admissions process. All students will complete 36 hours of graduate work as part of the degree requirements. These will include the following:

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