Criminal Justice (MS)

The program of study is designed to produce graduates who have the research skills and theoretical knowledge to obtain professional, managerial and research positions in a variety of justice-related fields and/or to pursue doctoral degrees in criminal justice or criminology. We offer our Master of Science degree program to serve the needs of four primary target audiences:

  • Students with a BS or BA degree seeking to further their education in criminal justice
  • Criminal justice professionals and researchers who wish to advance in their careers
  • Criminal justice and social justice advocates seeking the knowledge and skills to improve the quality of justice in their communities
  • Military personnel who want to enhance their skills and improve their employment marketability

What You Will Learn?

Our department provides a variety of graduate courses related to criminology and criminal justice. Here are some examples: foundations in criminal justice systems, foundations of criminological thought, statistics applications in criminal justice, and research methods in criminal justice. We also provide different elective courses such as race, crime, and justice, and females, crime, and justice. For more information, please visit our catalog.

What You Will Do?

Having a master degree in Criminal Justice will help you get hired for a variety of jobs within the criminal justice field. Here are some examples: police officer, probation officer, juvenile detention officer, correctional officer, FBI agent, crime analyst, DEA agent, and legal researcher. Also, a master degree will help you get accepted by doctoral programs in other schools. 

MSCJ Application Deadlines 

For Fall semester: July 15. 

For Spring semester: November 15 

For Summer semester: April 15 

In 2008, I was the first student to graduate from the Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. Since the first moment I arrived in the Department of Criminal Justice at FSU, I was met with nothing but energy, enthusiasm, and open arms.
Dr. Radscheda Nobles
Master of Science in Criminal Justice, '08
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The Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice requires 33-36 semester hours of graduate study in criminal justice. Students may take courses both on-campus and online and may choose among three of the following options for their course of study:

Thesis Option (33 Credit Hours)

Students who choose the Thesis Option complete 12 credit hours of required Criminal Justice courses (CRJC 501, CRJC 521, CRJC 540, and CRJC 550), 15 credit hours of graduate elective courses, and 6 credit hours of thesis credit to write and defend the master's thesis (CRJC 698 and CRJC 699).

Comprehensive Exam Option (33 Credit Hours)

Students who choose the Comprehensive Exam option complete 12 credit hours of required Criminal Justice courses (CRJC 501, CRJC 521, CRJC 540, and CRJC 550) and 21 credit hours of graduate elective courses. Upon completion of graduate coursework, students who choose this option must successfully complete a comprehensive exam in criminal justice.

Enhanced Coursework Option (36 Credit Hours)

Students who choose the Enhanced Coursework Option complete 12 credit hours of required Criminal Justice courses (CRJC 501, CRJC 521, CRJC 540, and CRJC 550), 21 credit hours of graduate elective courses, and a 3-credit advanced research methods course (CRJC 640 or CRJC 550).

Courses

Here are some of the courses that we offer:

  • Foundations in Criminal Justice Systems
  • Foundations of Criminological Thought
  • Statistics Applications in Criminal Justice
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Race, Crime, and Justice
  • Females, Crime, and Justice
  • Qualitative Methods in Criminal Justice
  • Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice
  • Corporate and Government Crime
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
Admissions Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official scores from the GRE general section taken within the last five years.
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous professors. If an applicant has been out of school for a number of years, letters from work references may be considered, if the reference can speak to an applicant's ability to succeed in a graduate academic program. Exception: Recommendation forms may be used in lieu of letters if: 1) the applicant has earned a bachelor's degree from FSU, and 2) the forms are completed by FSU professors.
  • Personal statement describing the applicant's career goals and how earning a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice will help the applicant achieve those goals.

The Criminal Justice Graduate Admissions Committee will also consider: 1) evidence in the applicant's personal statement and letters of recommendation indicating a strong potential for success in the graduate program, and 2) a grade of "B" or better in two out of two graduate Criminal Justice courses taken by the applicant on a provisional basis at Fayetteville State University.

Research

To find out more about research, please go to each professor's individual page.