- The program requires a minimum of 34 semester hours of graduate study, 28 of which must be in Criminology and Public Sociology. No transfer credits will be accepted.
- All students must complete a minimum of 28 semester hours of course work.
- Only 6 hours of graduate coursework outside the department will count towards graduate degree credit requirements.
- Students may elect between an internship option CRM/SOC 598 (6 hours) or a thesis option CRM/SOC 599 (6 hours). Each student must successfully, orally, defend a thesis or internship proposal prior to registering for thesis or internship hours.
- Each student must pass an oral defense of either the thesis or internship option.
- All students are required to take 16 hours of core coursework: CRM/SOC 500, CRM/SOC 502, CRM/SOC 503, CRM/SOC 504, CRM/SOC 505, and either CRM/SOC 561 or SOC 508.
- All students are required to attend a Qualifying Assessment meeting near the end of completion of the first 10 hours of MA study. The purpose of the qualifying exam is to: 1) assess the candidate’s status in the program; 2) have the candidate declare a concentration in either Criminology or Public Sociology; 3) have the candidate design a course of study for the remainder of the program, with the assistance of graduate faculty. (See Qualifying Assessment summary form) (PDF).
- Students must earn a “B” or above in all graduate courses taken to earn graduate credit in the program.
- Students are expected to complete all course work within five years after enrollment.
Graduate Program in Criminology & Public Sociology
Six courses are required for all students:
- CRM/SOC 500 Social Research Methods(3)
- CRM/SOC 502 Evaluation, Methods and Policy (3)
- CRM/SOC 503 Sociological Theory (3)
- CRM/SOC 504 Data Analysis (3)
- CRM/SOC 505 Proseminar(1)
CRM/SOC 561 Seminar in Criminology (required for criminology concentration) (3)
- SOC 508 Public Sociology Seminar (required for public sociology concentration) (3)