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Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice


“Everyone in EKU’s criminal justice department truly cared about my well-being and my academic endeavors. The staff and faculty are compassionate and always helpful. I also enjoyed the variety of classes that were offered, and the addition of five new faculty was very refreshing. The students could see their energy and excitement about being there, teaching classes, and involving us in their research. They are a great addition to the faculty and will be an asset for years to come.”

Alyson Kershaw
Criminal Justice Graduate Program 2012 Graduate

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Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The on-campus master’s program approaches criminology and criminal justice as an academic discipline. Our program’s objectives (listed below) are based upon the assumption that responsible public policy decision-making and meaningful reform require a broad-based academic experience.

This education should foster critical thinking, a strong theoretical foundation, solid research methods skills, real-world knowledge about society and the criminal justice system, and an awareness of the key philosophical principles associated with the administration of justice.

Criminology and Criminal Justice Program Focus

A central focus of this program is to demonstrate that the problems and issues our society faces with regard to crime, and our reaction to crime, must be situated within a larger cultural and structural context.

It is therefore expected that criminal justice graduates will be:

  1. Conversant with the theoretical and legal principles in criminal justice
  2. Knowledgeable of the essential research contributions in the discipline
  3. Capable of quantitative and qualitative research and data analysis appropriate to the discipline
  4. Competent to assume leadership, policymaking, research, and instructional responsibilities in criminal justice.

Admission Requirements

Students seeking clear admission should hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning with a 3.0 grade point average overall or in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work and a combined score of 1250 on the general section of the Graduate Record Examination under the GRE scoring system in use until October 1, 2002 or a combined verbal and quantitative score of at least 850 and an analytical writing score of at least 4.0 under the scoring system in use after October 1, 2002.

Probationary admission may be granted to applicants not meeting these conditions but who present additional evidence for successful graduate study. All applicants must submit two letters of recommendation directly to the Criminology and Criminal Justice Graduate Program Coordinator in the College of Justice and Safety. Students may be required to complete prerequisite course work. Introductory statistics and research methods are prerequisites for CRJ 808 and CRJ 888.

Student must also meet the general requirements of the Graduate School.

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