Master of Science in Criminal Justice

2014-2016 Catalog

This program is entirely web based, using Blackboard as its instructional platform

In addition to meeting the university-wide requirements for all Master's degree programs found in this catalog, all students must (1) complete the required core (12 SCH); (2) select either the thesis (total 30 SCH) or non-thesis (total 36 SCH) options; (3) complete an appropriate number of electives, and (4) successfully complete the comprehensive examination.

Core Courses

  • CJ 5318, Seminar in Criminal Justice Theory
  • CJ 5323, Homeland Security
  • CJ 5325, Graduate Seminar
  • CJ 5334, Methods of Social Research

Elective Courses

  • CJ 5301, Overview and Administration of the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 5305, White Collar Crime
  • CJ 5306, Drug Abuse
  • CJ 5308, Special Populations in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 5310, Capital Punishment
  • CJ 5311, Advanced Law Enforcement Administration
  • CJ 5313, Seminar in Policing
  • CJ 5314, Seminar in Corrections
  • CJ 5315, Seminar on Courts and Judiciary
  • CJ 5316, Women and Crime
  • CJ 5317, Juvenile Delinquency
  • CJ 5319, Use of Force in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 5321, Domestic Violence
  • CJ 5322, Immigration Issues
  • CJ 5326, Victimology
  • CJ 5328, Seminar on Transnational Crimes
  • CJ 5329, Seminar in Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness
  • CJ 5330, Emerging Issues in Homeland Security
  • CJ 5331, Topics in Criminal Justice (variable topic course)
  • CJ 5333, Internship
  • CJ 5336, Seminar on Domestic Terrorism
  • CJ 5337, Seminar on International Terrorism

Other graduate level courses are available if upon approval of the Graduate Coordinator. A maximum of 12 sch credit hours from any other university or department at Sul Ross State University will be applied to the graduate degree plan. Undergraduate courses (4000 level) may be available for graduate credit with approval of the instructor and the Graduate Coordinator. A maximum of 6 hours may be taken for graduate credit.

Non-Thesis Option

Students are required to take 24 hours of electives - up to 12 hours of which may be from outside the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice department - See the Graduate Coordinator to get approval for all outside electives prior to registering for them. Students must also pass a comprehensive exam.

Thesis Option

Thesis Option (30 sch). In addition to the 12 sch required core, students selecting the thesis option must complete 6 sch hours of thesis, 3 sch of basic descriptive statistics, and 9 hours CJ electives, for a total of 30 sch. Students must pass a comprehensive exam and complete all course work with a 3.8 GPA prior to registering for thesis hours. Additional stem work may be required at the committee’s discretion. Students considering the thesis option should therefore form a committee early in their academic career. See the Criminal Justice Graduate Student Handbook.