Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice
The Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to emphasize research activity and scientific inquiry. The Master of Arts degree is designed to prepare students for work in a research agency or admission into a Ph.D. program. For detailed information on the Master of Arts Program, prospective and current students should download the Masters Student Handbook for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
A core feature of the Master of Arts degree is the completion of a Thesis, which typically involves the development of a research question approved by the student's Thesis Committee and subsequent analysis of data that can answer the student’s’ research question.
Master of Arts Courses through Distance Education
Students can also complete coursework towards a Master of Arts degree online through our Distance Education program. On-line course provide students with more control over their schedule, freeing up time for work, traditional courses, or other life responsibilities. The entire Masters of Arts degree cannot be completed online, however, due to the Thesis requirement.
The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice sponsors a small number of graduate assistantships for Master of Arts students. To be eligible for a graduate assistantship, a student must be enrolled in the Master of Arts program for at least 9 credit hours per term (i.e., fall, spring) and have a strong interest in pursuing doctoral level studies. To be considered for a graduate assistantship, applicants must apply to the Master of Arts program for the coming fall semester by February 1 of that year and indicate in their personal statement their desire to be considered for an assistantship.
How to Apply
The application process is described online at the Office of Graduate Studies. All required materials (transcripts, personal statement, and recommendation letters) should be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies.
For More Information
Questions regarding the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Master of Arts degree can be directed to Lisa Sample, Ph.D., Masters Program Chair.
Lisa Sample, Ph.D.