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Sociology and Criminal Justice
402 Bartow Ave. NW, MD #2204
Kennesaw, Georgia, 30144, United States
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.
Master's Degree, MS, Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ)
Dr. Christopher Totten
Director, Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program
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.