Behavioral Sciences » Criminal Justice » MSCJA Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
Elective Courses

The MSCJA degree requires a total of 42 credits hours.

The core courses are structured to provide strong foundations in legal systems, criminal justice management, research methods, and program planning and evaluation.

The required core courses are:

  • CJA 604 Constitutional Law
  • CJA 605 Criminology
  • CJA 606 Research Methods
  • CJA 766 Ethics in Criminal Justice and Public Administration
  • CJA 790 Survey Research Methods and Statistics

Plus one of the following:

  • CJA 602 Administration
  • CJA 612 Correctional Administration (Recommended for students intending to apply for positions within Corrections or related fields)

Plus one of the following:

  • CJA 610 Law Enforcement
  • CJA 740 Community Corrections, Probation and Parole (Recommended for students intending to apply for positions within Corrections or related fields)

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

A student pursuing the MSCJA degree must complete twenty-one credit hours of core courses and twenty-one credit hours of elective courses.