Graduate Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Delivery Options:


Core Courses - 15 Hours

CRIJ 5310 - Criminal Justice System and Policy
CRIJ 5320 - Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control
CRIJ 5330 - Planning and Evaluation
CRIJ 5331 - Quantitative Methods
CRIJ 5345 - Criminal Justice Leadership

Elective Course - 9-15 Hours

Four courses chosen from different CRIJ 5340 topics and/or graduate courses in business, counseling, education, political science, public administration, psychology, or other fields related to the student's needs and interests.

9 elective hours are required with the thesis option.

21 elective hours are required without a thesis.

Thesis - 6 Hours

CRIJ 5390/5391 - Thesis (6 Hours)

MS Criminal Justice (online)

Degree: Master of Science

Major: Criminal Justice

Required Course for Major

Core Courses - 15 Hours

CRIJ 5310 - Criminal Justice System and Policy
CRIJ 5320 - Theoretical Foundations of Crime Control
CRIJ 5330 - Planning and Evaluation
CRIJ 5331 - Quantitative Methods
CRIJ 5345 - Criminal Justice Leadership

Elective Course

CRIJ 5340* - Criminal Justice Studies

Examples:

Class, Race & Gender

Comparative Juvenile Justice

Serial Murder

Homeland Security

* This course may be repeated for up to 21 hours of credit.

Students may take up to 6 hours of graduate credit from any discipline.

Other

  • Comprehensive Exam – MSCJ students are required to complete and pass a five hour written exam.  The exam is based on the major areas within the curriculum (Theory, Research, Law, and Policy). Based on exam results the students may need to complete a follow-up oral exam. The exam may be administered twice.

Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay a one-time application fee of $25
  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in criminal justice, criminology, sociology or the equivalent. Students with undergraduate degrees in other field but with substantial work experience in criminal/juvenile justice may be admitted with special approval. Those without substantial work experience and with undergraduate degrees in other field may be admitted after taking specified undergraduate courses.
  • GPA Requirements:
    • Those with a GPA of 3.00 or higher on their last 60 Undergraduate hours will be admitted unconditionally
    • Those with a GPA of 2.50-2.99 on their last 60 Undergraduate hours will be admitted provisionally and must maintain minimum grades of "B" in nine hours of CRIJ courses
    • Those with a GPA of 2.49 or below on their last 60 Undergraduate hours must meet Lamar University's Graduate admissions formula with the GRE and GPA:
      • Undergraduate GPA (or last 60 hours, whichever is higher) x 50 + GRE Verbal + GRE quantitative =/or greater than 428

Applicants who do not meet all admission requirements may enter as Pre Graduate, pending full admission to the program. Under Pre Graduate status, the student must make up all deficiencies and earn at least a "B" average. No more than 6 hours of graduate credit may be earned prior to full admission.

Students may transfer in up to 6 hours of approved courses for this degree.

Send all required documents to:

Lamar University Online Admissions
PO Box 10017
Beaumont, TX 77710

*All applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Lamar University Office of Admissions will no longer require or college community college transcripts for graduate applicants. Official transcripts from all other institutions will be required. However, if a department or program wishes to review a community college transcript for decision purposes, the department or program may directly request the applicant to submit the official community college transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions for processing.