Eric J. Fritsch, Graduate Adviser
Graduate Faculty: Caeti, Caputo, Chilton, Fritsch, Holman, Liederbach, Loper, Taylor, Tobolowsky.
Applied research projects and program evaluation studies are conducted by the Department of Criminal Justice. The department's current research programs and interests focus on the evaluation of gang intervention units, the development of information systems in criminal justice agencies, the impact of international and domestic terrorism in the United States, the evaluation of local community policing programs, the impact of juvenile crime and laws on the criminal justice system, the investigation of patterns in juvenile homicide victimization, aspects of criminal victimization and the effects of substance abuse on crime.
The Department of Criminal Justice offers a graduate program leading to the following degree:
The primary objective of the degree program is to provide students with a master's level understanding of the nature and scope of the problems posed by crime, and the operation and administration of the agencies charged with addressing this social problem. The central goal of the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice is to improve the ability of its graduates to undertake informed and thoughtful action as direct workers, administrators, or researchers in the justice system. The program prepares students for entry-level positions in the justice system for students beginning their professional careers and job advancement for students already employed in the justice system. The program also prepares students who are interested in pursuing a PhD upon completion of the master's degree. The master's degree in criminal justice allows each student to take a number of electives, thus permitting students to tailor their degrees to their professional and personal needs. The faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice come from a diverse range of educational and professional backgrounds including criminal justice, law, sociology, political science, social work and urban studies.
All general admission requirements to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies, as outlined elsewhere in this bulletin, must be fulfilled. Application must first be made to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies through the office of the graduate dean. Once the student is admitted to the graduate school, the application will be reviewed by the department for admission to the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice program.
Admission to the program leading to the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice requires satisfactory completion of at least 9 hours of undergraduate work in criminal justice. This requirement can be waived for individuals with significant experience in the criminal justice field. In addition, admission to the program leading to the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice requires satisfactory completion of at least 3 hours of upper-level course work in social science research methods. Applicants may be requested to submit letters of recommendation and a letter of intent as part of the application process.
To receive unconditional admission to the master's degree program with a major in criminal justice, applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of courses for the bachelor's degree or a GPA of 2.8 on all undergraduate work. In addition, applicants must have an acceptable score on the verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Exam.
Applicants who have not completed the GRE prior to applying may receive provisional status into the master's degree program in criminal justice. For provisional admission, the applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of courses for the bachelor's degree or a GPA of 2.8 on all undergraduate work. Students who are provisionally admitted into the program must submit acceptable GRE scores prior to the completion of their first semester of enrollment.
The program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 hours beyond the bachelor's degree. The degree includes a core curriculum of 15 hours, which must be completed by all students: CJUS 5000, Criminal Justice Policy; CJUS 5200, Legal Aspects of the Criminal Justice System; CJUS 5500, Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration; CJUS 5600, Advanced Criminological Theory; CJUS 5700, Evaluation and Research Methodologies. The degree requires each student to select a thesis or non-thesis option. Students selecting the thesis option will be required to complete the core curriculum of 15 hours, 15 hours of electives, and 6 hours of thesis. Students choosing the thesis option must also pass an oral examination in conjunction with a master's thesis defense. Students selecting the non-thesis option will be required to complete the core curriculum of 15 hours and 21 hours of electives. Students choosing the non-thesis option must also pass a written comprehensive exam covering the core curriculum. All course work applied toward the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice must be at the 5000 level.
The Department of Criminal Justice also participates in a program leading to the master's degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies, which is administered by the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. For further information about the interdisciplinary studies program, consult the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog or contact the Department of Criminal Justice graduate adviser.
Students in other fields may choose criminal justice for a minor. Students selecting criminal justice as a minor are required to complete 9 hours of graduate work in criminal justice.
The graduate committee in the Department of Criminal Justice will recommend withdrawal of a student from the master's program if the student receives two course grades of C or below (for purposes of this rule, the first grade received in a course is used).
Each graduate student must receive advising from the departmental graduate adviser prior to registration each semester.
During the first semester of a master's program, the student must submit a degree plan, through the departmental graduate adviser. The degree plan must be approved by the departmental graduate adviser and the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies. Any degree plan change must have prior consent. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer work may be applied toward the master's degree. The final decision on applicability of transfer work rests with the departmental graduate adviser.
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