MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE



Introduction

Philosophy

Objectives

Facility

Admission Requirements

Program of Study /Curriculum

Specialty Areas

Corrections Specialty

Forensic Science Specialty

Law Enforcement Specialty

Public Administration Specialty

Thesis

Graduation Requirements

Transfer of Credit

Transient Students

Financial Assistance

The Faculty




Introduction

The M.S. degree program in Criminal Justice offered by the Albany State University Criminal Justice Institute is designed to prepare students for professional careers within the criminal justice system. Theoretical, methodological and philosophical understanding of the criminal justice system is stressed during the matriculation process. As a result, students are well-prepared for careers in criminal justice. Those seeking advanced graduate education beyond the Master's degree level will be able to compete successfully with graduates from other schools and disciplines. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program requires 30 hours of program of study including thesis research. In addition, all students must successfully complete a comprehensive examination on core, statistics/methodology and a chosen specialty area. The Department also offers fully online MS degree in Criminal Justice with 30 hours of course requirement.




Philosophy

The philosophy and objectives embraced by the Institute are to educate students in such a way as to channel their talents and capabilities toward the enrichment of the community, state and the nation. Embracing this idea, the Institute strives toward the broad-based development of the individual to meet the technological and legal complexities of a modern democratic society.




Objectives

  1. To prepare students for professional careers within the criminal justice system;
  2. To provide students with an understanding of the theoretical and philosophical principles of law enforcement and punishment;
  3. To provide students with knowledge of the methods, application and implications of criminal justice research; and
  4. To provide students with the necessary skills for the efficient and effective management of criminal justice organizations and agencies.




Facility

The Criminal Justice Institute is housed in Catherine Hartnett Hall, a three-story building with a mock court facility and forensic science laboratories. Hartnett Hall is located on the lower southwest campus in the historic area.





Admission Requirements

All  applicants  must  meet  the  general  requirements  for  admission  to  the  graduate program,  which  include  completion  of  a  baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and submission of official copies of transcripts forwarded from degree-granting institutions with a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 out of the 4.0 quality points for all courses taken in the last degree  program. Applicants whose undergraduate degree was not in criminal justice may be required to complete six semester hours in undergraduate criminal justice courses. Three semester hours must be completed in research or statistics and three hours in criminology or social theory.


Students seeking admission to the Master of Criminal Justice program must submit the results of the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and two letters of recommendation. An MAT score of 27 or GRE score of 700 is required for provisional admission, an MAT score of 44 or GRE score of 800 for regular admission.  Applicants who do not fully meet the requirements for regular admission because of grade-point average or standardized test score may be considered for provisional admission. Upon completion of the first nine semester hours of study with a grade of “B” or better, the provisional student is granted full admission to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program. Otherwise, the students enrollment is terminated.




Program of Study /Curriculum

Each student must complete 15 semester hours of core curriculum requirements:

Core Courses

Hours

CRJU 5100 Foundations of Criminal Justice

3

CRJU 5110 Theory and Philosophy of Criminal Justice

3

CRJU 5400 Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice System

3

CRJU 5600 Research Methodology in Criminal Justice

3

CRJU 5610 Research Statistics in Criminal Justice.

0.3

Total 

15







Specialty Areas

In addition to core courses, students must complete nine semester hours in one of the four specialty areas: corrections, forensic sciences, law enforcement and public administration. Online program offers only corrections and law enforcement specialties. Course work that is six years or older cannot be applied to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice.









Corrections Specialty

The correctional emphasis focuses on the philosophical purpose and meaning of corrections to the system and community-based treatment programs. The underlying thrust of this concentration is to impart theoretical and applied knowledge on the organizational, legal and social aspects of contemporary correctional agencies. Specialization in corrections will prepare students for careers as parole officers, corrections supervisors, prison administrators and effective case workers in community-based treatment programs.

Corrections Courses and Hours:

Courses

Hours

CRJU 6400  Foundations of Corrections

3

CRJU 6410 Administration of Psychological Tests

3

CRJU 6420  Interviewing and Counseling

3

CRJU 6430  Rehabilitation and Treatment

3

CRJU 6440  Management of Correctional Institutions

3

Total hours in any combination

9







Forensic Science Specialty

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Science is designed for students who possess the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree from forensic science, forensic chemistry, chemistry or criminal justice with a minor in forensic science or chemistry. This concentration will also provide the necessary skills to the criminal justice masters degree students who do not have their baccalaureate degree in forensic science but wish to advance their career in the management of forensic science laboratories as directors and supervisors.



Forensic Science Courses (any 9 hours):

Courses

Hours

FOSC 6001  Survey of Advanced Forensic Science (required)

3

FOSC 6008 Advanced DNA Technology

3

FOSC 6009 Advanced Toxicology

3

FOSC 6012 Advanced Trace and Transferring Evidence

3

FOSC 7000 Advanced Ballistics and Associated Technologies

3

Total hours in any combination

9









Law Enforcement Specialty

A concentration in law enforcement will enable students to comprehend the organizational workings of police agencies, how various theories are translated into these agencies and how the organization interfaces with other units of the criminal justice system. An emphasis on leadership, planning and the broader management function is the hallmark of this concentration.



Law Enforcement Courses:

Courses

Hours

CRJU 6000 Survey of Law Enforcement (required).

3

CRJU 6100 Policing in a Democratic Society .

3

CRJU 6110 The Social Service Role of Criminal Justice Personnel .

3

CRJU 6120  Law Enforcement Operations

3

CRJU 6200 Law Enforcement Management and Planning

3

Total hours in any combination

9







Public Administration Specialty

This concentration represents an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Criminal Justice and History, Political Science and Public Administration. It is expected to provide additional career options for students in both programs. A concentration in Public Administration is designed to prepare students in evaluating and managing public agencies. This concentration prepares students with the managerial skills necessary to investigate and effectively manage organizational problems common to criminal justice agencies. This component of the Master of Science degree program includes an understanding of public and personnel administration and evaluation of criminal justice programs.



Public Administration courses (9 hours required):

Courses

Hours

PADM 5011 Public Administration: Scope, Development and Ethical Environment

3

PADM 5261 Public Personnel Administration

3

PADM 5301 Public Budgeting

3

PADM 5781 Introduction to Public Policy

3

Total hours in any combination

9









Thesis


Option Credit

Thesis Credit

Hours

CRJU 7001 Thesis Seminar

3

CRJU 7002 Thesis

3

Total hours

6

Or




Non-Thesis Option Credit (any 6 hours):

Hours

CRJU 7003 Technology and Criminal Justice

3

CRJU 7004  Criminal Justice Program Evaluation

3

Total hours

6



Graduation Requirements

Core Courses

15 hrs

Courses in Concentration

.9 hrs

Thesis/Non-Thesis Option

6 hrs

Total Required Hours

30 hrs





Transfer of Credit

Transfer students from other accredited graduate programs may not apply more than 3 hours of criminal justice course work toward the Master of Science degree provided such credits were taken at the graduate level, were completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and were less than 6 years old. The maximum number of credits that are transferable will apply only toward elective or specialty courses. Transfer credits may not be used to satisfy the core requirements.





Transient Students

Transient enrollment status is provided to those persons currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at another institution who are interested in enrolling for only one semester at the Institute. These students must meet the general entrance requirements of the Institute and University. Furthermore, these students must have a 3.0 average in all graduate work undertaken at other institutions before they will be accepted in the transient status.




Financial Assistance

Acceptance into the graduate program does not presume that financial assistance will be awarded. Students seeking financial assistance should file their completed applications with the Office of Financial Aid, the Graduate Admissions Office and the Criminal Justice Department.


For Additional Information, contact:

George Thomas, Ph.D.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Department of Criminal Justice

Albany State University

504 College Drive, Albany, Georgia 31705

Phone: (229) 430-6498

Fax (229) 430-1676

E-mail: gthomas@asurams.edu





THE FACULTY