Master of Arts
M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice
Students complete a Thesis as a part of the degreee requirements for the Master of Arts.
Successful graduates often go on to pursue a Ph.D. or work in research agencies.
Students can complete some of the coursework toward a Master of Arts degree online. The entire Master of Arts degree cannot be completed entirely 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 January 10 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
To review course offerings, click here. For detailed information on the Master of Arts Program, prospective and current students should download the Master's Student Handbook for the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.
Additional questions regarding the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice’s Master of Arts degree can be directed to Lisa Sample, Ph.D., Master's Program Coordinator.
Lisa Sample, Ph.D.
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