Program Overview

The Master of Science in criminal justice is designed to help graduates develop the essential knowledge and skills needed to become an effective practitioner or supervisor in the criminal justice system.

Students will receive advanced academic training, special expertise in advanced issues, supervisory and administrative proficiency, and the methodological and statistical skills necessary to understand research and new developments within the criminal justice system. Graduates will gain applied knowledge enabling them to rise toward the highest levels in criminal justice organizations.

All required courses for the M.S. in criminal justice are offered in an accelerated, 8-week format. Students can expect to complete the 36-hour program in 3 years (7 semesters).

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Required Courses (18)

Required Courses

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A critical examination of the theoretical, methodological, and policy issues in criminal justice and criminology. Explores organized knowledge about enduring theoretical and policy questions concerning crime and justice;...

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CRJU-7301 Proseminar

3 credit hours

An overview of major theories of criminal justice organizations and management. The course will center on police and correctional organizations but may be applied to any criminal justice organization. Among the topics st...

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CRJU 7321 Criminal Justice Organizations & Management

3 credit hours

Examines the major concepts, techniques, and application of statistical methods in criminal justice. Topics include understanding when statistical techniques are appropriate, interpretation of results, organization and p...

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CRJU 7320 Applied Research & Analysis

3 credit hours

Major concepts of criminal law; includes various states’ approaches to definitions of crimes, criminal responsibility, criminal defenses.

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CRJU 7305 Criminal Law

3 credit hours

This course is designed to prepare students to understand and influence policy issues in criminal justice. The course will build upon the CJ systems course to provide a base of knowledge in policy analysis, policy resear...

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CRJU 7304 Criminal Justice Policy

3 credit hours

The criminal justice capstone course is designed to assist students in the integration and synthesis of their graduate experiences from both a theoretical and policy framework. The end product, a Capstone Paper, will pro...

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CRJU 7330 Capstone Project

3 credit hours

Elective Courses (18 hours)

Electives

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This course will discuss the major functional components of the criminal justice system from the historical, philosophical and system perspectives. It will analyze the interrelationships among components, and identify th...

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CRJU 7303 Criminal Justice Systems

3 credit hours

Specific aspects of American police agencies’ organizational patterns, administrative problems, community issues, internal role systems.

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CRJU 7322 Foundations of Policing

3 credit hours

Overview of ethical theory, doctrines, and controversies in the field of criminal justice. Emphasis is placed on the dilemmas faced by criminal justice practitioners and supervisors seeking to make appropriate ethical ju...

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CRJU 7323 Ethics in Criminal Justice

3 credit hours

Problems with control and treatment of offenders in institutional correctional settings.

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CRJU 7340 Corrections Administration

3 credit hours

Topics related to juvenile delinquency and prevention in the juvenile justice system.

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CRJU 7370 Juvenile Delinquency Problems

3 credit hours

Prerequisites: graduate standing, consent of program coordinator. Intensive research under faculty supervision or practical experience in a selected criminal justice agency. Requires completion of a research paper.

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CRJU 7390 Independent Study

3 credit hours

Crucial criminal justice topic determined by student interest, available faculty resources; emphasis on exhaustive analysis of literature in the subject area.

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CRJU 7393 Special Topics (May be repeated for credit)

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this program must meet the following requirements:

• Hold a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75

• Apply and submit all necessary materials to the UALR Graduate School. Materials include all undergraduate transcripts, scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and a statement of purpose detailing current employment in the criminal justice system and the significance of attaining the MSCJ. (Do not send materials to the Department of Criminal Justice.)

• Score at least 145 on the verbal portion, 140 on the quantitative portion, and 3.0 on the writing portion of the GRE; or score at least 400 on the MAT.

Conditional admission is possible for low test scores but not low GPAs. Conditional admission will be determined by the MSCJ Graduate Coordinator in consultation with the Graduate School.

Note: If you are considering pursuing a Ph.D. following completion of this degree program, you must enroll in the Master of Arts in criminal Justice. This program will not qualify you for admission into the Ph.D. program.

Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Science in criminal justice is a 36-hour, accelerated online degree program that includes 18 hours of required courses and 18 hours of electives.

The required courses include Policy Prep and Capstone, in which the final project is completed. An oral defense of the final project is required.

Electives may be taken from criminal justice or from education, gerontology, history, applied communication studies, journalism, psychology, public administration, social work, and professional and technical writing.

Students can expect to take a maximum of 3 hours in each 8-week term. The program will typically take 2 years to complete if the student attends each of the 6 terms during the year. See the Graduate Catalog for more details about this program.

Program Advisor

Dr. Tusty ten Bensel | 501.683.7665 | ixzohra@ualr.edu
Department of Criminal Justice Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Criminal Justice website

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability/, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383