May 27, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.A.

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:
Angela Edwards;; (423) 439-4703

Larry Miller, Ph.D., Department 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

Web address:

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 satisfactory verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE and the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.

Criminal Justice and Criminology, M.A. Degree Requirements: 33-36 credits

Core Requirements 18 credits
Thesis or Non-Thesis Option 15-18 credits
TOTAL 33-36 credits


Thesis: The thesis option requires 33 total credits.

Non-Thesis: The project option requires 36 total credits.

Thesis Option: 15 credits

  • CJCR 5960 - Thesis (1-3 credits) (Take for 3 credits)
  • Advisor Approved Electives (12 credits)

Non-Thesis Option: 18 credits

  • Advisor Approved Electives (18 credits)

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 credits 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.

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