The Research track of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed for students who plan careers as criminal justice research analysts or who plan to enroll in a PhD program when they complete the master’s program.
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The Criminal Justice MS program in Research requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including a minimum of 18 credit hours of core courses, 3 credit hours from restricted electives and 9 credit hours of advanced curriculum that is selected in consultation with the graduate adviser.
Required Courses—18 Credit Hours
- CCJ 5015 The Nature of Crime (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 5456 The Administration of Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6704 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6702 Advanced Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6706 Quantitative Methods and Computer Utilization in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6714 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Students must achieve a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher in every required course listed above.
Elective Courses—12 Credit Hours
The combined total of restricted and unrestricted 5000 level electives may not exceed 9 credit hours.
Restricted—3 Credit Hours
Select one from the following.
- CJC 5020 Foundations of Corrections (3 credit hours)
- CJE 5021 Foundations of Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
- CJJ 6020 Juvenile Justice (3 credit hours)
- CJL 6568 Law and Social Control (3 credit hours)
- CJL 6520 American Criminal Courts (3 credit hours)
Unrestricted—9 Credit Hours
Students should consult with the Criminal Justice advisor for approval of general electives outside of the Criminal Justice program prior to enrolling. Criminal Justice courses at the 5000 or 6000 level, not used towards core or restricted electives, are preapproved general electives.
A final exit examination and survey are required of all students completing the Criminal Justice Master’s program. These requirements will be completed online in students’ last semester.
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects such as research projects, scholarly papers, internships, practicum, and presentations at professional conferences also contribute to the self development of our students.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE scores taken within the last five years in the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing sections.
- Statement of career goals, one or two pages indicating how the Criminal Justice MS degree will enhance the applicant's career goals,expectations of the graduate program, and research interests.
- Résumé (no longer than two pages).
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from professors or professional references who can attest to the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate coursework and his or her work ethic.
Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Applicants not meeting the minimum standards may be considered as candidates for limited and competitive "provisional" admissions. However, only students with complete applications (final transcript, GRE, resume, letter of recommendation and goal statement) will be reviewed under this special admission category.
Students should be aware that admission to any graduate program is granted on a competitive basis. There may be cases where students meeting minimum requirements are denied admission based on such factors as program capacity or academic discretion.
Due to restrictive state regulations, UCF is not permitted to provide online courses or instruction to students in the following states. If you reside in one of these states, you may not be permitted to enroll in or be admitted to a UCF online program. Please contact your state's higher education regulation authorities for more details.
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.