Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to meet the needs of
students preparing for careers in the field of criminal justice. The curriculum
focuses on the traditional issues such as management, administrative and
criminal justice theory, as well as basic research methods and descriptive
CURRICULUMThe Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires 36 credit hours, including 21 credit hours of core courses, 6 credit hours of restricted electives, 9 credit hours of general electives, and a final written examination within the Proseminar or capstone course.
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
Core—18 Credit Hours
- CCJ 5015 The Nature of Crime (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 5456 The Administration of Justice (3
- CCJ 6704 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (3
- CCJ 6106 Policy Analysis in Criminal Justice (3 credit
- CCJ 6118 Criminal Justice Organizations (3 credit hours)
- CCJ 6719 Translational Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
Capstone—3 Credit Hours
The Proseminar in Criminal Justice serves
as the capstone experience for the program and the culminating learning
- CJE 6718 Proseminar in Criminal Justice (3 credit
Students must achieve a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher in
every course listed under core requirements and in the capstone course (CJE
Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours
The combined total of
Restricted and Unrestricted 5000 level electives may not exceed 12 credit
Restricted—6 Credit Hours
Select two 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
- Electives (9 credit
Students should consult with the Criminal Justice adviser
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 toward core or restricted electives, are pre-approved general electives.
Independent LearningIndependent learning is demonstrated throughout the curriculum through the process of inquiry and dialogue. Tangible projects such as advanced research projects, scholarly papers, internships, practicum, and presentations at professional conferences also contribute to the self development of our students. The culminating experience for students is completion of the Proseminar in Criminal Justice (CJE 6718), which serves as the capstone for the program.
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
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope)
from each college/university attended.
- Statement of career goals,
one or two pages indicating how the Criminal Justice MS degree will
enhance the applicant's career goals and expectations of the graduate
- Résumé (no longer than two
- 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.
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. Applicants not meeting the minimum 3.0 GPA
standards may be considered as candidates for very limited and competitive
"provisional" admissions. However, only students with complete applications
(final transcript, résumé, letters of recommendation and statement of career
goals) will be reviewed under this special admission category.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
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.