Mar 21, 2023  
2022-2023 School of Graduate Studies Catalog 
2022-2023 School of Graduate Studies Catalog

Criminal Justice, Master of Science

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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program is intended to prepare students for research and administrative careers in criminal justice as well as doctoral study. The program combines an advanced framework in research methods, criminological theory and criminal justice administration with a set of electives that build on the core curriculum and satisfy concentration requirements.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to serve several constituencies: professionals presently working in the criminal justice system who desire to advance their careers, college graduates who want to enter the criminal justice field and students who wish to continue study toward a doctorate. The program is part-time and students will be able to complete their degree in two years carrying a course load of two classes per semester, including two summer terms.

Admission Requirements

Specific additional admission requirements.

  1. Complete, official transcript documenting the award of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a cognate field, cumulative undergraduate 2.7 GPA, and successful completion of a course in basic statistics.
  2. Official transcripts of any graduate courses taken or degrees held.

Program Requirements

Upon acceptance into the program, you will complete a tentative Plan of Study in consultation with the program coordinator. You must request that any transfer credits be considered at this time. PLEASE NOTE THAT NO MORE THAN THREE COURSES TAKEN AT SALEM STATE UNIVERSITY BEFORE ADMISSION CAN BE COUNTED TOWARDS THIS PROGRAM. You should meet regularly with the program coordinator to discuss your progress and revise your plan of study as needed.

The program is a 36 credit hour degree available under two plans (thesis and non-thesis). All students complete the core requirements and one of the following concentrations: Criminology or Administration of Criminal Justice. To complete a concentration, students must take twelve credits in related coursework as part of their electives.

Total Credits: 36

Additional Information and Notes

This program is Quinn Bill certified.

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