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Degree Requirements

Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

  • These requirements apply to students entering this program in fall 2014 and thereafter. Students who enrolled earlier should consult the catalog in effect at the time they enrolled.
  • You can also reference the graduation requirements for the year in which you enrolled on the portal; view graduation requirements by year (PDF) in the right-hand column of your MyResources page.
  • Read the course descriptions.

You can complete this 39-credit program through one of two plans:

  • 33 credits and completion of a 6-credit thesis
  • 36 credits and completion of a 3-credit capstone experience.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Crime and Policy Development (CRJU 601)
  • Research Techniques in Criminal Justice (CRJU 602)
  • Criminal Justice Statistics (CRJU 603)
  • Administration of Justice (CRJU 610)
  • Leadership Development in Criminal Justice (CRJU 708)
  • Advanced Criminology (CRJU 710) 

Specialization Requirements (9 credits)

Choose one.

  • Contemporary Court Issues (CRJU 606)
  • Contemporary Issues in Corrections (CRJU 611)
  • Contemporary Issues in Policing (CRJU 631)
  • Contemporary Issues in Juvenile Justice (CRJU 608
  • Contemporary Issues for Victims of Crime (CRJU 702)

In addition, choose two more courses related to your specialization.

Fieldwork (3 credits)

  • Graduate Internship (CRJU 605)*

*You may petition the program director to waive the fieldwork requirement if you are presently working in the field (must provide documentation). If granted, you would then fulfill the credits with an elective.

Culminating Coursework (3-6 credits)

Choose one.

  • Capstone in Criminal Justice (CRJU 777)

OR

  • Thesis (CRJU 799, 6 credits)

Electives (3-9 credits)

The number of electives you'll fulfill will be based on whether:

  • you are waived from fieldwork
  • you choose Capstone in Criminal Justice (CRJU 777) or Thesis (CRJU 799) as your final project
as of fall 2014