MS in Criminal Justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires 36 credit hours (12 courses). All students entering the program are required to complete five courses (15 credits) of core requirements, four electives (12 credits) in criminal justice, and three courses (9 credits) in general electives. The MSCJ program is available at University Park campus and fully online (see http:/online.fiu.edu).

Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher in upper division coursework.
  3. Grade of “B” or better in both an undergraduate research methods and a statistics course (Measurement Analysis).
  4. Letter of application describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and career plans.
  5. Example of your written work.
  6. Current resume.

Students seeking funding should submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the last five years.

Application: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/admissions.shtml
Application Deadlines: http://gradschool.fiu.edu/deadlines.shtml

Applications are only accepted for the Fall term.

Degree Credit Requirements

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires 36 credit hours (12 courses). All students entering the program are required to complete five courses (15 credits) of core requirements, four electives (12 credits) in criminal justice, and three courses (9 credits) in general electives.

Core Requirements

All candidates must take five core courses (15 credits):

Core ClassFallSpringSummer
CCJ 6025 Criminological TheoryOnlineOnsiteOnline
CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminal JusticeOnlineOnsiteOnsite
CCJ 6706 Data Analysis in Criminal JusticeOnsiteOnlineOnsite
CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National SecurityOnlineOnsiteNot Offered
CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy AnalysisOnsiteOnlineNot Offered

Criminal Justice Electives

Four courses (12 credits). All elective credits must be earned at the graduate level in criminal justice (i.e., course numbers of 5000 and higher with the prefixes CCJ, CJC, CJE, CJJ, CJL, DSC):

College teaching preparation: Students interested in college teaching should complete the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program offered by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and CCJ 6926 Teaching Practicum in Criminal Justice.

Doctoral studies preparation: Advanced students intending to enroll in a doctoral degree program should complete the college teaching preparation and CCJ 6915 Supervised Research. A grade of “B” or higher is required for course credit to be counted in the doctoral program.

Internship: Students interested in gaining practical experience within the criminal justice field should complete CCJ 5946 Internship in Criminal Justice.

General Electives

Students must select three additional elective courses (9 credits). These courses may be taken outside of criminal justice, if no credits have been transferred in from another degree program or included in a joint degree program. All courses taken from outside fields must be relevant to criminal justice and approved by the Graduate Advisor. All elective credits must be earned at the graduate level (i.e., course numbers of 5000 and higher).

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master’s degree in Criminal Justice, a student must satisfy all University regulations governing graduate study. All students must complete the five core courses, four electives in criminal justice, and three courses in general electives. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 is required.