Criminal Justice

The University of West Florida offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This program, taught by a dynamic faculty committed to high-quality graduate-level education, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills in theory, administration, research, and data analysis necessary for careers in the practice and administration of criminal justice, research, education, policy analysis, or to pursue doctoral-level studies.


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Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Matthew S. Crow

The University of West Florida offers a program of study leading to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This program, taught by a dynamic faculty committed to high-quality graduate-level education, is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills in theory, administration, research, and data analysis necessary for careers in the practice and administration of criminal justice, research, education, policy analysis, or to pursue doctoral-level studies.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice at UWF is designed to fit the demands of contemporary students’ diverse schedules. Classes are offered evenings, some weekends, and in online and blended delivery formats. Full time students can complete the degree in four semesters (one and a half years). Students can also complete the program entirely on line over an extended period of time.

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice requires 33 credit hours for graduation, including 15 credit hours of the following required core courses:

 

Criminological Theory   Research Methodology in Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice Theory   Analysis of Quantitative and
Qualitative Data
Criminal Justice Administration    


Students have the option of choosing between two tracks for their course of study. The first option is a coursework-only degree plan; the second option is the area paper degree plan, which requires 30 hours of coursework and a 3 credit criminal justice area paper completed under the supervision of a criminal justice faculty member.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Students can also earn an optional concentration certificate in social work, public administration, or education by completing at least 9 credit hours of graduate coursework in one of those fields. The concentration certificates are designed to allow students to tailor their criminal justice graduate degree to their desired academic and career goals.

Admission Requirements
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, criminology, or a related field from an accredited institution. In addition to the graduate application uwf.edu/graduate/graduate-admissions/how-to-apply/, the following materials are required:

  • Official college transcripts.
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Millers Analogies Test (MAT).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, including at least two from a current or former college professor.
  • Personal statement highlighting your academic and professional career and your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree at UWF.

The university's graduate admissions requirements can be found at catalog.uwf.edu/graduate/admissions/admissionpolicies/. Students may enter the program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Applicants may apply at any time; however, priority will be given to completed applications received by the application deadlines below. Priority for funding decisions will also be given to applicants meeting the following deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: June 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15
  • Summer Semester: March 15

Criminal Justice Required Core

Course NumberCourse NameSemester Hours
CCJ 5006 Criminal Justice Administration 3
CCJ 5008 Criminal Justice Theory 3
CCJ 6061 Criminological Theory 3
CCJ 6704 Research Methodology 3
CCJ 6705 Analysis of Quantitative and Qualitative Data 3
One of the following options:   18
Option 1    
Three CCJ Electives    
Three Unrestricted Electives    
Option 2    
CCJ 6910 Criminal Justice Area Paper  
Three CCJ Electives    
Two Unrestricted Electives    
Total Hours:   33

The program is offered on the Pensacola and Emerald Coast campuses. For specific program requirements, visit the Online UWF Catalog.

Download the Criminal Justice Academic Learning Plan: Criminal-Justice-ALP (PDF)

Download the Criminal Justice Curriculum Map: Criminal-Justice-CMGR (PDF) 

 

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