MCJ Criminal Justice

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/graduate/criminal-justice.html

OVERVIEW

In addition to advancing the mission of A&M-Central Texas and the College of Arts and Sciences, the mission of the Master of Criminal Justice program is to prepare students for advancement in criminal justice career fields and for further graduate study. Program objectives are based on the assumption that criminal justice decision making and policy making in society require broad academic experience, innovative thinking, understanding of the theoretical foundations of the field, knowledge of appropriate research methods, and principles of administration.

Graduates are expected to be:

1. conversant with the theoretical and legal principles implicit in criminal justice administration;

2. knowledgeable about essential research contributions in the field;

3. capable of research analysis appropriate to the field; and

4. competent to assume administrative responsibilities involving decision-making in criminal justice administration.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Identify current theories and research relating to criminal justice in order to implement appropriate responses to crime.
  • Apply research methods to test theory and apply in addressing public safety concerns.
  • Manage the specialized resources (physical and personnel) available to criminal justice agencies.
  • Discuss the key concepts and evaluate the application of foundational ethical systems to criminal justice practice.

Entry Requirements

Students will be admitted into the MCJ major by the faculty once the following application criteria are met:

Successful admission to graduate school.

And the following:  

University admission to graduate studies does not guarantee admittance to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. To be admitted into the MCJ program, you must have:

1.  Undergraduate ( Graduate Coursework) : to include 12 hours in upper-level undergraduate criminal justice courses.  Courses must have been taken in Criminology (Criminal Justice or Sociology), Research Methods (Criminal Justice or Sociology), and Statistics (Criminal Justice, Sociology, or Psychology).  Graduate-level coursework will also apply toward these requirements.

2.  Essay: The applicant will submit an essay as an attachment to an email addressed to the Graduate Office.  The essay should have a minimum of 500-words, double-spaced, and typed in Microsoft Word (Times New Roman 12).  It should be composed of the following:

(1) one's reasons for pursuing the degree, or how the student will use the degree, once awarded,

(2) one's personal or professional experience that relates to criminal justice practice or research, and

(3) one's understanding of how the bachelor's degree (or post-graduate work) has prepared the student for graduate study in criminal justice.

Deadlines for submitting applications are:

August 1 for the Fall semester.

December 1 for the Spring semester.

No new students are accepted for the Summer term.

Applicants will be notified by email or letter regarding whether they are accepted into the program, within two weeks of their application for admission into the program.

Master of Criminal Justice With Thesis - Academic Emphasis Program Requirements

The thesis track is for students seeking to pursue an academic career in teaching, research, and doctoral-level studies.  Students attending online may not select this track. 

CRIJ 5300Linear Regression 13
CRIJ 5301Advanced Criminology 13
CRIJ 5303Race and Ethnicity3
CRIJ 5308Victimology3
CRIJ 5315Graduate Proseminar3
CRIJ 5322Advanced Criminal Justice Ethics 13
Emphasis Courses
CRIJ 5321Leadership and Supervision3
CRIJ 5304Advanced Methods in Criminal Justice 13
Choose two of the following:
CRIJ 5306Criminal Justice Program Evaluation6
or CRIJ 5307 Homeland Security
or CRIJ 5309 Terrorism
or CRIJ 5311 Regression Analyses
or CRIJ 5389 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
or ANTH 5351 Forensic Anthropology
or HLS 5307 Homeland Security
or HLS 5320 Religious Terrorism
or POLI 5316 Conflict Studies
or POLI 5318 Terrorism Studies
or RELS 5304 Sociology of Religion
or RELS 5312 Psychology of Religion
or RELS 5320 Religious Terrorism
or SOCI 5304 Sociology of Religion
or SOCI 5305 Theoretical Sociology
Thesis - Two Semesters
CRIJ 5198Criminal Justice Thesis3
CRIJ 5198Criminal Justice Thesis3
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Criminal Justice Without Thesis - Professional Track Program Requirements

The professional track is for students attending online and students seeking to enhance their professional standing as criminal justice practitioners. This track does not prepare students for college teaching or doctoral work.

CRIJ 5300Linear Regression 13
CRIJ 5301Advanced Criminology 13
CRIJ 5303Race and Ethnicity3
CRIJ 5308Victimology3
CRIJ 5315Graduate Proseminar3
CRIJ 5322Advanced Criminal Justice Ethics 13
Emphasis Courses
CRIJ 5307Homeland Security3
CRIJ 5321Leadership and Supervision3
CRIJ 5304Advanced Methods in Criminal Justice 13
or CRIJ 5306 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
Choose Three of the following9
CRIJ 5304Advanced Methods in Criminal Justice
or CRIJ 5306 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
or CRIJ 5309 Terrorism
or CRIJ 5311 Regression Analyses
or CRIJ 5389 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
or ANTH 5351 Forensic Anthropology
or HLS 5320 Religious Terrorism
or POLI 5316 Conflict Studies
or POLI 5318 Terrorism Studies
or RELS 5304 Sociology of Religion
or RELS 5312 Psychology of Religion
or RELS 5320 Religious Terrorism
or SOCI 5304 Sociology of Religion
or SOCI 5305 Theoretical Sociology
CRIJ 5090Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (Linear Regression)0
CRIJ 5090Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (Theory)0
CRIJ 5090Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (Methods)0
Total Credit Hours36

Master of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Emphasis Program Requirements

CRIJ 5300Linear Regression 13
CRIJ 5301Advanced Criminology 13
CRIJ 5303Race and Ethnicity3
CRIJ 5308Victimology3
CRIJ 5315Graduate Proseminar3
CRIJ 5322Advanced Criminal Justice Ethics 13
Emphasis Courses
CRIJ 5304Advanced Methods in Criminal Justice3
or CRIJ 5306 Criminal Justice Program Evaluation
HLS 5307Homeland Security3
HLS 5309Terrorism3
HLS 5320Religious Terrorism3
HLS 5321Leadership and Supervision3
HLS 5370Foundations of Information Security3
CRIJ 5090Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (Linear Regression)0
CRIJ 5090Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (Theory)0
CRIJ 5090Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination (Methods)0
Total Credit Hours36