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Criminal Justice Studies, MS

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Meghan Martinez
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Florida State's online master's degree program in Criminal Justice Studies is unique in that it offers students the opportunity to be taught by nationally known professors who are leaders in the field while tailoring their course schedules to meet the demands of their family and career without ever having to visit campus.

The program prepares students to advance to leadership positions within their current agency, become eligible to teach criminal justice courses at Florida community colleges and prepare for post-law enforcement career opportunities.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Time or Location Requirements

The program is completely online. There are no campus visits required and it is not necessary to log-in on specific days and times.

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. The course includes a discussion of the use of these technologies within the criminal justice system. It covers word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and Internet applications such as e-mail, chat, forum discussions, search engines, Web page browsers, etc.
  • 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)
    This course covers the major theories of criminal involvement, with attention to each theory's history, hypotheses, and empirical adequacy.
  • CCJ5705 Research Methods in Criminology I (3)
    This course is a 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 I (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 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Special market rates may be available. Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • CCJ5606 Survey of Criminological Theories (3)
    This course covers the major theories of criminal involvement, with attention to each theory's history, hypotheses, and empirical adequacy.
  • CCJ5669 Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Social Justice (3)
    This course considers the relationships among race, ethnicity, and crime in the justice system. The effect of social policy on racial and ethnic inequality is studied, and theories of ethnic and racial justice are presented in terms of their effect on crime and criminal justice.
  • CCJ5706 Applied Statistics in Criminology I (3)
    This course focuses on the use of statistical techniques in criminology.
  • CCJ6920 Special Topics - Criminal Justice Policy (3)
    For this course, contents vary as instructors present different developments, problems, and controversies. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • CCJ5078 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice (3)
    This course introduces the computer and the Internet. The course includes a discussion of the use of these technologies within the criminal justice system. It covers word processing, spreadsheets, databases, graphics, and Internet applications such as e-mail, chat, forum discussions, search engines, Web page browsers, etc.
  • CCJ5546 Prevention and Treatment of Crime and Delinquency (3)
    This course focuses on the theoretical development of crime prevention, punishment, and treatment. Topics include historical models of crime control, growth of crime prevention, and aspects such as environmental design, community action programs, and technology systems.
  • CCJ5705 Research Methods in Criminology I (3)
    This course is a research design for criminological studies with an emphasis on data collection methods, measurement of validity and reliability, and causal analysis.
  • CJJ5020 Juvenile Justice (3)
    This course considers the processing of offenders through the juvenile justice system. It investigates the special forms of justice applied to non-adults by arrest, detention, adjudication and juvenile corrections.


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