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Margarita Frankeberger
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The College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University is proud to offer a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice Studies through the University's distance-learning program. The master's program in criminal justice studies is specifically designed for working criminal justice professionals and others who want the rigor and challenge of a first-rate graduate program, but also need the convenience and flexibility that distance learning provides. Past graduates of the College have achieved national and international recognition, and hold prestigious positions in many states and a number of foreign countries.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time to Completion

Students taking two courses per semester can expect to complete the program in two full years.

Careers

The master's degree in criminal justice studies is especially designed for highly motivated students who are looking toward leadership positions in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, and elsewhere in the criminal justice system in Florida, the nation as a whole, and overseas.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • CCJ5078 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice (3)
    This course introduces the computer and the Internet. Will include a discussion of the use of these technologies within the criminal justice system.
  • CCJ5285 Survey of Criminal Justice Theory and Research (3)
    This course is an overview of the theoretical issues and research on the law and legal control of deviance in society.
  • CCJ5606 Survey of Criminological Theories (3)
    Covers the major theories of criminal Involvement, with attention to each theory's history, hypothesis, and empirical adequacy.
  • CCJ5705 Research Methods in Criminology I (3)
    Research design for criminological studies with an emphasis on data collection methods, measurement of validity and reliability, and causal analysis.
  • CCJ5706 Applied Statistics in Criminology (3)
    This course focuses on the use of statistical techniques in criminology.

Total Credit Hours

36

Prerequisites

Prospective students must have an undergraduate degree to be considered for admission. A graduate committee is responsible for reviewing all applications and materials submitted by the applicant. This review process considers an applicant's suitability for admission to the master's program in Criminal Justice Studies. Admissions is competitive. The committee takes into consideration all elements of the application.

Program Requirements

A grade of "B" or higher must be maintained throughout all course work. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all required courses.

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2013-14 as stated on the Student Financial Services website, plus a $120.00 per credit hour distance learning fee. However, special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2014 Course Offerings

  • CCJ5669 Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Social Justice (3)
    This course considers the relationships among race, ethnicity, and crime in the justice system.
  • CCJ5706 Applied Statistics in Criminology (3)
    This course focuses on the use of statistical techniques in criminology.
  • CCJ6665 Victimology (3)
    Prerequisite: CCJ5705. CCJ5706.
    This course introduces students to the field of victimology and explores its conceptual boundaries, basic concepts and literature within various subareas.
  • CCJ6920 Seminar in Theoretical Criminology (3)
    For this course, contents vary as instructors present different developments, problems, and controversies.

Summer 2014 Course Offerings

  • CCJ5285 Survey of Criminal Justice Theory and Research (3)
    This course is an overview of the theoretical issues and research on the law and legal control of deviance in society.
  • CCJ5320 Penology (3)
    This course is a survey of approaches to corrections, correctional institutions, their residents, programs, and management, and special problems such as probation and parole, riots, outside contacts, and special institutions.
  • CCJ6920 Seminar in Theoretical Criminology (3)
    For this course, contents vary as instructors present different developments, problems, and controversies.
  • CJE5024 Police and Society (3)
    This course is a social psychological examination of current issues and problems in municipal law enforcement, including such topics as the informal exercise of police authority, police role conflict, the relative significance of law enforcement and social service, and interactional dynamics of police subculture.