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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.A.

General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Angela Edwards;; 423-439-4703

Larry Miller, Ph.D., Chair

201 Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70555
(423) 439-5964

Dustin Osborne, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator

201 Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70555
(423) 439-4324


Larry Miller; Dustin Osborne; Jennifer Pealer; Nicole Prior; L.Chris Rush (Burkey); John Whitehead.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology offers the Master of Arts degree, which is designed to enhance student understanding of crime, societal reaction to crime, and efforts to control it. It prepares the student for advancement in criminal justice professions, teaching at the community college level, and study at the doctoral level.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s combined verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE and the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average. For example, an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00, a combined score of 850 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE for exams on record before August 2011 (or the concordant equivalent as determined by the Educational Testing Service for scores on record on or after August 1, 2011), are sufficient for admission to the graduate program.

Thesis Option

  • (1-3 credits) (Must be taken for three (3) credits.)
  • Electives (12 credits)

Non-Thesis Option

Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. The examination will consist of written essays graded by the graduate faculty of the department. Students who have completed 27 credit hours and ALL core courses within the program of study are eligible to take the comprehensive examination. The student must apply to take the examination by the end of the third week of the fall or spring semester in which the examination is to be administered. Students failing any part of the comprehensive examination will be permitted to reschedule the examination no sooner than one (1) semester later. Examinations are not administered during the summer. In the event of a second failure of any exam area(s), the student will be required to repeat coursework supporting those failed areas prior to a final examination attempt. Any third attempt at the comprehensive examination will be final; students failing the third attempt will be dismissed from the program.

  • Electives (18 credits)

Total Hours Required Degree: 33-36 Credit Hours