COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES

M.S. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

The 36-credit Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed to provide the skills and understanding necessary to address the emerging public interest problems of the 21st Century.

The program offers a core curriculum that lays the foundation for the understanding of crime and high technology and the ability to think critically. Graduates of the program are equipped to pursue careers such as working at research institutes, with juveniles, alternative-to-incarceration programs, victims’ rights groups, corporate security, defendants’ rights groups, and treatment and rehabilitation programs in addition to traditional law enforcement positions at the federal, state and local levels.


Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for Admission (online or print).
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a related area with a minimum 3.0 undergraduate cumulative average. Students whose G.P.A. is 2.5 or better will be considered on an individual basis.
  • If a student does not have a background in a related area, he/she may petition the department chair for consideration.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program
  • Fast Track Stipulation form
  • If you hold a degree from outside the United States your official records of all post-secondary education must be translated by an approved organization such as World Education Services (WES). You may purchase this translation by contacting WES, www.wes.org or telephone at 1-800-937-3895. Request a course-by-course translation with conversion of all grades into a U.S. 4-point scale with U.S. degree equivalencies. This translation must be received by the Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by WES.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally not required of candidates who have studied for at least two years at an accredited high school or post-secondary institution where English is the only method of instruction, unless there is a need for additional evidence of proficiency in English upon review of other academic credentials. The minimum TOEFL score for admission: 79 Internet-based score (197 computer based, 527 paper-based score) or minimum IELTS score for admission: 6.0 (effective Spring 2012).

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Graduate Admissions
LIU Brentwood
100 Second Avenue
Brentwood, N.Y. 11717

MATRICULATION POLICY

Students are fully matriculated into the Department of Criminal Justice when they meet all of the admission requirements for the M.S. degree program in Criminal Justice. In cases where any of the supporting documents specified are missing, an applicant may be admitted as a limited matriculant. Permission to enroll as a limited matriculant will be granted by the Chair of the Department of Criminal Justice only to those applicants who appear to meet the admission standards. Such students will be required to furnish these missing documents within the first semester of enrollment.

RESIDENCE REQUIREMENTS AND TRANSFER CREDITS

A degree candidate for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice must complete at least 24 credits in residence. Residency is defined as the completion of graduate courses offered by the department or by other graduate departments. Graduate courses taken at other institutions before admission, may, if approved by the department chairperson, be applied toward the master’s degree. Transfer credit is limited to 12 semester hours of credit and granted only for grades of B or better.

Program Requirements

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

M.S. IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (36 CREDITS)

CORE COURSES (15 CREDITS)

Course

Credits

CRJ 555T

Technology and the Criminal Justice System

3

CRJ 699T

Foundations of Scholarship

3

CRJ 675T

Critical Issues in Law and Society

3

CRJ 690T

Theories of Crime Causation

3

CRJ 700T

Research Design and Methods

3

ELECTIVE COURSES (15 CREDITS)

Elective credits will be offered to each class from selected areas of study.

CAPSTONE (6 CREDITS) COURSES

Course

Credits

CRJ 707T

Thesis Research Consultation

3

CRJ 708T

Thesis Writing Consultation

3

Total: 36 credits

Course Descriptions

CRJ 555T Technology and the Criminal Justice System

This course is an analysis of high-tech society, the impact of advanced technology on the crime scene and its application in criminal justice management. Criminal Justice Majors Only

Credits: 3 Every Spring

CRJ 699T Foundations of Scholarship

This course must be taken in the student’s first semester of attendance in order to develop tools for conducting research and for writing papers in the field of criminal justice. The course explores approaches to writing a research paper, forms of documentation, library resources, data sources, and computer usage. Criminal Justice Majors Only

Credits: 3 Every Fall

CRJ 675T Critical Issues in Law and Society

This course is an analysis of the ways laws evolve along with social change, the applicability of laws in relation to the criminal justice system and the structure of society and the viability of laws in relation to changing moral standards. Criminal Justice Majors

Only Credits: 3 On Occasion

CRJ 690T Theories of Crime Causation

This course is a survey of the theoretical implications of criminal acts in relation to behavioral systems. It is an analysis of sociogenic, psychogenic, economic, anthropological and physical-type theories. Criminal Justice Majors Only

Credits: 3 Every Fall and Spring

CRJ 700T Research Design and Methods

This course must be taken in the student's first or second semester of attendance. It is a survey of research designs, analytical techniques and the preparation of research papers. Criminal Justice Majors Only

Credits: 3 Every Spring

CRJ 707T Thesis Research

This course is taken prior to CRJ 708. It is an advanced study of the scientific method in the discipline of Criminal Justice, together with the preparation of a master’s thesis proposal and an outline of the thesis. CRJ 707 and CRJ 708 must be taken consecutively in the student's last two semesters of study after maintaining a 3.00 or better GPA. Criminal Justice Majors Only

Credits: 3 Every Spring

CRJ 708T Thesis Consultation

This course is the actual writing of the master's thesis. CRJ 707 and CRJ 708 must be taken consecutively in the student's last two semesters of study after maintaining a 3.00 or better GPA. Criminal Justice Majors Only

Credits: 3 Every Fall

CONTACT

LIU Brentwood
Abagail Van Vlerah, Dean
Abby.VanVlerah@liu.edu

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