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 the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and online (see http://online.fiu.edu/).
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
- GPA of 3.2 or higher in upper division coursework.
- Grade of “B” or better in an undergraduate research methods course.
- Letter of application describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and career plans.
- Example of your written work judged by the admission committee to be of sufficient quality.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or employers familiar with your academic and professional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Students not meeting the minimum admission requirements should submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken within the last five years. Students admitted conditionally must complete 12 graduate credits (including CCJ 6705 and CCJ 6706) within two semesters and achieve a 3.2 GPA.
Applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semester.
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.
All candidates must take five core courses (15 credits):
|CCJ 6025 Criminological Theory||Online||Onsite||Online|
|CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminal Justice||Online||Onsite||NA|
|CCJ 6706 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice||Onsite||Online||Onsite|
|CCJ 6676 Transnational Crime and National Security||Online||Onsite||NA|
|CCJ 6485 Criminal Justice Policy Analysis||Onsite||Online||NA|
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 CCJ 6915 Supervised Research.
Internship: Students interested in gaining practical experience within the criminal justice field should complete CCJ 5946 Internship in Criminal Justice.
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).
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.