Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Criminology and Criminal Justice M.A.

Program Overview

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

General Master's Degree Admission Requirements

View delivery options, start terms and admission requirements.

Location: Candelaria Hall 2249

Email: HSS@unco.edu

Website: unco.edu/hss/criminology-criminal-justice

The master's program in Criminology and Criminal Justice is designed to be completed in two years by working professionals. It emphasizes the importance of furthering society's ideals of a fair-minded and unbiased system of justice as embraced by the rule of law. The concept of "best practices" is an overarching theme in all core classes. Students will be informed of current research regarding effective practices in all aspects of criminal justice, will develop the ability to make informed decisions regarding practices for their particular areas within the system, and will acquire the knowledge and skills to be more capable supervisors in criminal justice organizations and agencies by making use of research findings that support effective policy planning and programming.

Students receiving the M.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice will be competent in research methodology and writing skills and will possess an increased understanding of the theoretical foundations for crime causation. The M.A. may be the foundation for further advanced graduate work or may serve as a terminal degree.

Degree Requirements — 30 Credits

Required Major Core Credits — 21 hours

CRJ 510Administration of Criminal Justice


CRJ 550Leadership and Management in Criminal Justice


CRJ 560Seminar in Criminological Theory


CRJ 570Seminar in Diversity in Criminal Justice


CRJ 580Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice


CRJ 582Advanced Statistics in Criminal Justice


CRJ 610Planning and Evaluation in Criminal Justice


Elective Credits — 9 hours

Select one of the elective options from the list below:

Thesis Option: Complete 6 hours of CRJ 699, and 3 hours of 500-level or above CRJ-prefix courses or advisor-approved courses from other departments. Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA in their graduate program in order to be approved for this option.

Comprehensive Examination Option: Complete 9 hours of 500-level or above CRJ-prefix courses or advisor-approved courses from other departments. At least 3 hours must be CRJ-prefix credits. Students who choose this option must take the written comprehensive examination in the semester in which they graduate and must be registered for UNC credit that semester.

Program Note

All coursework for the program must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better.

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