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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Kennesaw State University

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Learn, Manage and Lead in Criminal Justice


Sociology and Criminal Justice
402 Bartow Ave. NW, MD #2204
Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144, United States

What We Offer

Summary

The MSCJ is an ideal program for traditional students and professionals in the field of criminal justice who aspire to further their education beyond the baccalaureate degree. The program includes face-to-face and some online course instructional formats. Face-to-face courses currently meet at or after 5 P.M. Students have the option of either choosing the thesis option (33 total credit hours) or non-thesis/ demonstration project option (36 total credit hours). For selected students, there may also be the opportunity to do a graduate research assistantship (GRA) with a faculty member. The GRA typically carries both a semester stipend and a tuition credit. Finally, there is a GRE exemption for students who have significant work experience in criminal justice or who have higher undergraduate GPAs (e.g., students with a 3.25 or higher cumulative college GPA do not have to take the GRE exam). Importantly, the program provides an overall focused and interactive educational experience designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills in criminal justice administration, including critical thinking and communication, as well as in relevant technologies and information sources. For example, the program has possible elective courses in CJ Policy Analysis/ Crime Prevention and Strategic Planning. Additional elective coursework is available in the area of global criminal justice. The program also provides students an opportunity to understand and address the significance of cultural diversity within the criminal justice context. These attributes are essential for success in contemporary criminal justice agencies and in relevant private sector organizations both in Georgia and elsewhere. Students will also be prepared for further graduate study should they choose to pursue this option.


Academic Fields

Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration.
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other.
Law.
Criminal Justice/Police Science.
Criminology.

Degrees

Master's Degree, MS, Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)


Formats

Full Time, Part Time, Online or Distance, Evening or Weekend

Keywords

Master of Science in Criminal Justice, MSCJ, Criminal Justice, Criminology

Contacts

Mark Forehand

Mark Forehand
mforeha1@kennesaw.edu

Dr. Christopher Totten

Dr. Christopher Totten
Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program
ctotten@kennesaw.edu
ctotten@kennesaw.edu
470-578-4413

Who We're Looking For

Summary

Students with or about to receive their undergraduate degree may apply. The minimum undergraduate GPA for MSCJ program admission is a 2.8. Please note that while students may apply from ANY undergraduate major, students not majoring in the social sciences may need to take 2 prerequisite courses during their first year in the program. For those students with a 3.25 or higher cumulative college GPA *OR* at least 4 years of significant work experience in the criminal justice field, you do NOT need to take the GRE entrance exam. For students who still need the GRE, the minimum score is a 286 . At the application website, applicants will need to upload a resume, brief application statement and 2 letters of reference from their college professors (note: students with significant work experience may submit 1 of the 2 letters from a current or former employer). Finally, the undergraduate transcript (s) and GRE exam score (if required) are also submitted as part of the application packet.


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Target GPA

B+ = 3.0-3.2

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