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A Master of Science in Criminal Justice, increasingly important for advancement in the field, prepares students in the nature and causes of crime, the management of correctional systems and the techniques and applications of research. In addition this program provides opportunities for in-depth study in specific areas of interest. 

Requirements for Admission to this degree track: 

  • The completion of a Bachelor’s degree. 
  • A minimum CGPA of 2.75 
  • Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts; recommendation letters; essay; resume; and GMAT test results.
    • Update on Graduate Requirements & Test Waiver Request  
  • Supplemental supporting evidence, such as an interview, writing sample, or portfolio may be required.
  • Students admitted to the master’s program without undergraduate course work in criminal justice, nor relevant work experience in criminal justice, may be required to take preparatory academic work. This may include a sequence of reading or the undergraduate course; Introduction to Criminal Justice.

Additional requirements for international students include:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language test result (TOEFL), and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of international transcripts.

Graduate courses from other institutions may be accepted with approval

CJ 605 Criminal Justice Research 3
CJ 615 Theory and Practice of Police Administration 3
CJ 625 Contemporary Corrections 3
CJ 630 The Judicial System 3
CJ 645 The Nature of Crime 3
  ELECTIVE COURSES - select 5 courses,  15 CREDITS   
CJ 600 Criminal Justice System and the Urban Community 3
CJ 601 Grant Proposal Writing 3
CJ 602 Crime in a Global Context 3
CJ 610 The Criminal Justice Professional 3
CJ 611 Graduate Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 616 Elite Deviance 3
CJ 620 Operational Strategies in Police Administration 3
CJ 635 Seminar on Community Corrections 3
CJ 640 The Juvenile Justice System 3
CJ 650 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJ 655 Police Role in Crime Prevention 3
CJ 657 Qualitative Research Methods 3
CJ 660 Critical Issues in Law Enforcement 3
CJ 665 Independent Study 3
CJ 670 Supervised Professional Placement 3
CJ 680 Criminal Justice Management 3
CJ 685 Planning in the Criminal Justice System 3
CJ 690 Workshop in Criminal Justice Administration & Decision Making 3
CJ 671 Master Project 3



Location: Professional Studies Building, Room 202
Dr. William Calathes, J.D., Ph.D. (, Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (201)200-2419
Fax: (201)200-3482