Criminal Justice- Master of Science
For more information about Criminal Justice, email criminaljustice@MiamiOH.edu or contact any member of the Justice and Community Studies faculty.
A fully online program, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice at Miami University's regional campuses is intended for students who are working in, or who intend to work in, a criminal justice or related field. The MS is designed to equip students with the analytical skills, substantive knowledge, and applied learning needed to be a successful leader in the field. Students in the MS program complete a set of core classes through which criminal justice theory and law is analyzed and applied. Additionally, the MS student elects to study either administration or crime analysis in greater depth. As a culminating experience, all students must complete a hands-on project that addresses a real problem in the field. Contemporary problems, ethics, law, and the professionalization of criminal justice occupations are emphasized in the MS program.
A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale, a statement of interest, and two positive letters of recommendation will be required to apply for admission to the program. In cases in which students do not meet these admission criteria, interviews may be conducted with the JCS graduate committee for entrance consideration. In rare instances, an applicant who does not meet the GPA minimum, but who has substantial work experience in a criminal justice occupation and who can otherwise demonstrate the ability to successfully complete the program may be conditionally admitted and fully admitted after completing the first six hours of coursework with a 3.00 GPA or higher. The GRE will not be required because test scores are not the best predictors of success, especially for non-traditional, working applicants and the department values diversity in its students.
To ensure that applicants have the technical skills needed to be successful, applicants will be required to demonstrate technical competence using an assessment tool created by Miami University’s E-Learning Office.
(30 semester hours)
|Select all of the following:||18|
|Criminal Justice Theory|
|Criminal Justice Systems: Practice|
|Statistics for Criminal Justice|
|Law, Liberty, and Criminal Justice|
|Crime and Place|
|Advanced Research Methods|
|One concentration must be completed:|
|Total Credit Hours||30|
|POL 567||Public Budgeting||3|
|POL 568||Public Personnel Administration||3|
|CJS 632||Legal Aspects of Justice Administration||3|
|GEO 541||Geographic Information Systems||3|
|CJS/GEO 545||Geographic Information Systems for Criminal Justice||3|
|STA/ISA 635||Introduction to Predictive Analytics||3|
A research or intensive service project is required. The student will work closely with a JCS faculty advisor to develop the project, e.g. expectations, learning objectives, timelines, project scope, methodology, necessary Institutional Review Board approvals, and scope/format of the final report. When necessary a volunteer on-site facilitator - most likely a professional or administrator in the location or setting of the student’s field project - will be recruited to assist both the student and faculty advisor. Upon completion of the project, the student will be required to complete an oral defense before a committee of three faculty members, via distance technology or in person.