Criminal Justice MS


Graduate Admissions Counselor

Roch Whitman
585-475-2062, rgwrpt@rit.edu


Department Contact

John McCluskey, Ph.D.
585-475-2666, jdmgcj@rit.edu


Admission Deadlines & Requirements

Program Available Online? No
Application Deadline Rolling
Admit Term Fall/Spring
Entrance Exam GRE
Other Writing Sample
English Language Exams:
TOEFL (Internet) 88
IELTS 6.5
PTE Academic 58

 

Priority deadline - COMPLETE applications that are received by this date are given priority consideration for admission and financial aid (if applicable). Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Rolling - There is no specific deadline for applications; applications will be accepted and reviewed throughout the year until the program reaches capacity.

Program overview

The master of science degree in criminal justice emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to urban studies with a focus on public safety. The program stresses training in policy analysis and practice, particularly as it is relevant to community and urban issues.

The program builds on a foundation of locally relevant policy research by providing students with the critical skills to carry out such work and the experience to assure success in employment or in pursuit of further graduate studies. The program provides students with a strong foundation in criminological, criminal justice theory, and social scientific research skills, thus enabling graduates to have successful careers in the policy analysis arena or to be prepared to pursue advanced study beyond the master's degree.

Plan of study

A minimum of 30 semester credit hours is required for completion of the MS in criminal justice.

Students applying to the program should have a strong undergraduate foundation in criminology and research methods. Students that do not possess these skills may be required to complete additional undergraduate course work (e.g., Criminology, Theories of Crime, and Research Methods) or demonstrate that they have equivalent skills for completion of the degree.

Curriculum

Criminal justice (thesis option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
CRIM-700 Professional Seminar In Criminal Justice Theory 3
CRIM-701 Statistics 3
CRIM-702 Professional Seminar in Research Methods 3
CRIM-703 Advanced Criminology 3
CRIM-704 Crime, Justice and Community 3
CRIM-705 Interventions and Change in Criminal Justice 3
  Electives 6
CRIM-800 Thesis in Criminal Justice 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Criminal justice (project option), MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
CRIM-700 Professional Seminar In Criminal Justice Theory 3
CRIM-701 Statistics 3
CRIM-702 Professional Seminar in Research Methods 3
CRIM-703 Advanced Criminology 3
CRIM-704 Crime, Justice and Community 3
CRIM-705 Interventions and Change in Criminal Justice 3
  Electives 9
CRIM 775 Capstone in Criminal Justice 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

 

Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in criminal justice, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. 
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit scores from the GRE.
  • Submit two writing samples, one of which is a personal statement.
  • Have completed a statistics course (students may be required to take a data analysis or a statistics course if not taken previously).
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from faculty members familiar with the applicant’s academic work.
  • Complete a personal interview.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.

Career Outcomes

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