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University Catalog 2017-2018 
University Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, M.S. (Program Suspended through 2018-2019 Academic Year)

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Uniquely situated in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center with the LAPD and LA Sheriff’s Department crime labs, the applied focus of the Master of Science program in Criminal Justice provides opportunities for students to bridge the gap between research and practice.  The M.S. prepares students to become civic professionals with problem solving skills that can effect change through a commitment to community building and evidence-based practices.

The curriculum is designed to cultivate students’ scholarly perspective by expanding their capacity for critical analysis and evaluation of emergent issues and controversies that characterize the administration of the criminal justice system. The practicum component of the program gives students the opportunity to participate in engaged scholarship while developing leadership abilities and research skills.

In addition to University requirements for admission to graduate study, applicants must possess a baccalaureate from an accredited college or university with acceptable preparation in criminal justice and general principles of theory and research.


Undergraduate preparation must include the following courses or equivalents:

Requirements for the Degree (30 units)

A total of 30 units is required.

Electives (3 units)

Criminal Justice Capstone (3)

During the second year of the program all students are required to register for CRIM 5920 and complete a service learning capstone project.  In addition to the field experience, students are also required to meet for the CRIM 5920 course and complete an applied research project.

The thesis may only be selected after approval from the school Graduate Committee. Oral defense of the thesis is required.

  • (1-3) (3) - Upon approval from the Graduate Director, CRIM 5990 can replace CRIM 5920.

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