The degree requires each student to select a thesis or non-thesis option.
Student selecting the thesis option will be required to complete the core curriculum of 15 hours, 15 hours of electives and 6 hours of thesis. Students selecting the thesis option must have departmental consent to enroll in thesis. Students choosing the thesis option must also pass an oral examination in conjunction with a master’s thesis defense. Students selecting the non-thesis option will be required to complete the core curriculum of 15 hours and 21 hours of electives. Students choosing the non-thesis option must also pass a written comprehensive exam covering the core curriculum. All course work applied toward the Master of Science with a major in criminal justice must be at the 5000 level.
The Department of Criminal Justice restricts interdisciplinary students to online classes.