Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration

The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration program is designed to meet Oklahoma's needs for graduate education in the area of criminal justice management and administration. The curriculum has been developed to provide opportunities to individuals interested in acquiring specialized skills and knowledge within the criminal justice field. The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Management and Administration curriculum further encourages the development of the students critical, analytical, and creative abilities related to the subject area. This is further accomplished by the enhancement of research skills, class work, out of class projects, and field studies. The Criminal Justice Management and Administration program has a non thesis and thesis option. Students who opt for the non thesis must complete 32 hours
of academic work. The credit hour requirements are reduced to 30 hours for those students who elect the thesis option. For students that were accepted into the program summer of 2004 and thereafter will be required to complete 36 hours regardless of the thesis or non thesis option. If you plan on pursuing a doctorate degree, it is strongly recommended that you complete a Master's thesis.

For more information concerning the Criminal Justice Master's Program either refer to the Graduate Catalog Handbook,
or contact:

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Shawna Cleary
Building Room: COMM 115
Office Number: 405.974.5841
email: scleary@uco.edu 

CJ Grad Eligibility

An individual who has completed a bachelor degree is eligible to seek entrance into the criminal justice master's program, given that all prerequisites have been completed. Specific courses that are essential for completion before admission are ; Juvenile Delinquency, Administration of Criminal Justice, Administration of Correctional Institutions, Police Administration and Organization, Ethics and Criminal Justice, Criminology, Research and Methods in Criminal Justice, or equivalent course. Please note that similar courses may substitute prerequisite courses.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students must meet at least one of the following criteria.
a. A 2.75 GPA overall or 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours attempted.
b. An index score of 5.00 or higher on the GRE using the formula: (GRE/400 + Overall GPA or + GPA for the last 60 undergraduate hours).
c. Possess a master’s degree from an accredited university/ college with an overall GPA of 3.00.

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Statement of Purpose

All applicants must complete a statement of purpose paper. This paper should be two pages in length, and should entail why the applicant is interested in pursuing a master's degree within the field of Criminal Justice. It is strongly suggested that the applicant use past experiences, whether it be professional or researched based.

CJ grad program, additional degree requirements

Meet with the Graduate advisor, who will complete a Recommendation for Admissions to the College of Graduate Studies and Research form for qualified students. Complete a formal plan of study with the Graduate advisor during the first semester of study. Complete all prerequisite, if any, as determined by the graduate advisor. Students will only be allowed to enroll in core classes if they have completed all prerequisites. If not, students will only be permitted to enroll in elective courses.

For more information concerning the Criminal Justice Master's Program either refer to the Graduate Catalog Handbook,
contact:

Graduate Advisor: Dr. Shawna Cleary
Building Room: COMM 115
Office Number: 405.974.5841
email: scleary@uco.edu

or visit the Jackson College of Graduate Studies

CJ grad program, additional forms

Application Form - Criminal Justice M.A.

Plan of Study

Comp Exam Application