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Criminal Justice MS

Semester Requirements

John McCluskey, Graduate Program Director
(585) 475-2666, jdmgcj@rit.edu

http://www.rit.edu/cla/criminaljustice

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 will provide 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.

Curriculum

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.

Criminal justice, 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
  Elective 3
CRIM-703 Advanced Criminology 3
CRIM-704 Crime, Justice and Community 3
CRIM-705 Interventions and Change in Criminal Justice 3
  Elective 3
CRIM-800 Thesis in Criminal Justice 6
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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit two writing samples, one of which is a personal statement,
  • Complete a personal interview,
  • 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 familiar with the applicant's academic work),
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

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's objective is to provide 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.

Curriculum

A minimum of 48 quarter credit hours is required for completion of the MS in criminal justice.

Students transferring into the program from other BS degree programs at RIT or from outside the university 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.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their graduate program adviser with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Criminal justice, MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
0501-710 Pro-Seminar In Criminal Justice Theory 4
0501-720 Pro-Seminar in Research Methods 4
0501-721 Pro-Seminar in Law and Policy 4
0501-722 Advanced Criminology 4
0501-715 Advanced Statistics 4
0501-723 Crime, Justice and Community 4
0501-724 Interventions and Change in Criminal Justice 4
  Electives 12
  Research Practicum 4
  Thesis 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 48

Criminal justice, MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CRIM-700 Pro-Seminar In Criminal Justice Theory 3
CRIM-701 Statistics 3
CRIM-702 Pro-Seminar in Research Methods 3
  Elective 3
CRIM-703 Advanced Criminology 3
CRIM-704 Crime, Justice and Community 3
CRIM-705 Interventions and Change in Criminal Justice 3
  Elective 3
CRIM-800 Thesis in Criminal Justice 6
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:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate coursework,
  • Submit two writing samples, one of which is a personal statement,
  • Complete a personal interview,
  • 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 familiar with the applicant's academic work),
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of Engish as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 570 (paper-based) or 88 (Internet-based) are required.