General Program Information
Graduate School Contact:
Gail Powers; email@example.com; 423-439-4703
John T. Whitehead, Ph.D., Chair
201 Rogers-Stout Hall
Steven J. Ellwanger, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
201G Rogers-Stout Hall
Michael Braswell; Steve Ellwanger; Wayne Gillespie; Larry Miller; Nicole Prior; Leonore Simon; 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.
Students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. The examinations 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.