Graduate Programs

The Department confers the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The M.S. degree can be completed on either a thesis or non-thesis track. The thesis track requires 25 hours of graduate coursework and 6 hours of thesis credits culminating in a successful thesis defense. The non-thesis track requires 31 hours of graduate coursework and a passing score on the M.S. comprehensive examination.

The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology also participates in the University’s Ph.D. program in Public Policy. You can learn more about this program by visiting the Public Policy Ph.D. website.

Information included on this website should provide you with the guidance needed to successfully navigate your way from admission to receipt of the M.S. degree. If you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Lyn Exum, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator (704-687-0746).