UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA

Degrees offered:
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Welcome to the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice graduate program. We
offer the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree and opportunities for students to
work directly with faculty members in the Department. Our faculty members have
graduate degrees from well-established graduate programs in the social sciences,
including Northwestern University, Arizona State University, the University of Nebraska
at Omaha, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Washington University, St. Louis,
Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Faculty
members have published recently in the following journals: Criminal Justice Studies,
Violence Against Women, Punishment & Society, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation,
American Behavioral Scientist, Deviant Behavior, the British Journal of Criminology,
Homicide Studies and several others.


AWARDS: UNF announced three new flagship programs in 2006: Coggin College’s
International Business and Transportation and Logistics programs and the College of
Arts and Sciences’ Coastal Biology program. These programs, in addition to the Brooks
College of Health’s Nursing program, UNF’s first flagship, will benefit from $1.6 million
set aside annually to help them achieve national prominence.
The Princeton Review ranked UNF as one of today’s five best buys in public higher

Total                                                        16,084
Undergraduate                                                13,547
Graduate                                                     1,609
Post baccalaureate and non-degree                            928

Program Director:
Dr. Jennifer Wesely
Office Location: Bldg 51/ Room 2303
Phone:        904-620-1685
Fax:         904-620-1718
Mailing: Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
University of North Florida
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road, South
Jacksonville , Florida 32224
                           UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA
Degrees offered:

The Master of Science in Administration (MSA) prepares you for advanced
management and leadership roles in public, non-profit, and private agencies. You will
learn from experienced faculty who are excellent teachers and researchers, and are
focused on moving you to the cutting edge of your field.
Learn where you want, when you want

The MSA is offered completely online. All you need is an internet connection and you
can get your Master's degree from anywhere in the world. You can enroll full-time to
finish your degree in as little as 5 semesters or take longer if your schedule requires you
Criminal Justice Administration Specialization
The MSA with specialization in Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary degree offered
entirely online and is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in public,
nonprofit and private organizations in the field of juvenile and criminal justice.
Coursework also prepares students for admission to doctoral programs and
professional schools. Learn more from Dr. Smykla.

Masters of Science Program

The Masters of Science in Administration offers professionals the opportunity to earn a
degree in leadership in a field directly related to current career positions. This will
enable professionals to engage in additional education to prepare them to move into
managerial or leadership positions within the organization.


AWARDS: The US News and World Report currently ranks UWF in the best 262
National Universities as a fourth tier postsecondary institution, the same distinction that
is given to other known schools such as: Indiana State University, University of South
Dakota, and Georgia State University (2008 Ranking).[2]
The university was voted a "Best Southeastern College" by The Princeton Review.[3]

TOTAL                               9,905
Undergraduates:                     8,633
Postgraduates:                      1,272

Dr. John Smykla, Chair
Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway, Building 85, Room 160
Pensacola, FL 32514
Voice: 850.474.2336
Fax: 850.474.2334

Ms. Melissa Webb, Graduate Staff Coordinator
Department of Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
Visit us on the web at
                            FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY
Degrees offered:

Doctoral and Master’s Degree

Ranked among the best in the country (Journal of Criminal Justice Education 2007), the
College's master's program emphasizes the importance of scientifically rigorous
research that informs public policy. It prepares students to be leaders in shaping
America's response to crime.

A branch of the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice, The FSU Center for
Criminology and Public Policy Research expands the influence of scholarship in the
public policy arena and promotes evidence-based policy-making and practice at the
state and national levels. It advances the idea that public policies and programs must be
based on scientific research in order to truly impact the lives of the people they are
meant to serve and protect.


  o Graduate among a group that is ranked third in the country for scholarly
    productivity after graduation. Journal of Criminal Justice Education. 2007.
  o Florida State University currently ranks 52nd among national public universities
    and 112th overall by U.S. News and World Report giving it Tier One status,[48]
    ranks in the top 200 among world universities, among the top 100 American
    universities, and in the top 90 among universities in the United States by The
    Academic Ranking of World Universities,[49] 50th among American universities
    by Webometrics, [50] and in the 9th tier among national public universities by
    The Center for Measuring University Performance.[51] Florida State University
    was ranked 16th nationally in the February 2007 edition of Kiplinger's Best
    Values in Public Colleges.[52] FSU is the second least expensive flagship
    university in the U.S., according to USATODAY.[53]
  o Many of FSU's academic programs rank among the nation’s top twenty-five
    public universities, including programs in Business (Real Estate, Risk
    Management/Insurance, Entrepreneurial Studies), Chemistry, Creative Writing,
    Criminology, Dance, Education, Film, Human Sciences, Hospitality, Information
    Technology, Law, Meteorology, Music, Oceanography, Physics, Political
    Science, Public Administration and Policy, Social Work, Spanish, Theatre, Urban
    Planning, and Visual Art.[18][54]

Students:                      41,575[4]
Undergraduates:                32,525[4]
Postgraduates:                 9,050[6]
Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research
325 John Knox Road, Bldg L, Suite 102
Tallahassee, FL 32303
Phone: 850-414-8355
Fax: 850-414-8357

                          EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
Degrees offered:

ECU currently offers 75 master's degree programs and 48 graduate certificate programs
through our 10 colleges and schools. In addition, we offer 17 doctoral programs (Ph.D.,
Ed.D., and DPT) and hold the distinction of being classified among the
Doctoral/Research Universities by the Carnegie Foundation. ECU is constantly striving
to meet the evolving needs of our students, the people of North Carolina , the United
States , and the world by providing educational, research, and outreach programs
designed to address the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The mission of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) at East Carolina
University is to educate new practitioners and to provide professional and higher
education for those working in the field and seeking to advance their career.

On-line or On Campus
Course work for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice may be taken entirely over
the Internet. Students can access courses at their convenience, blending course work
into busy lives and other classes. The MSCJ is also available as a
classroom experience for those who prefer the on-campus setting.

Master of Science Degree
Builds on a liberals arts foundation and prepares students for advancement in the
profession and higher education
Provides the knowledge, skills and values to support autonomous advanced
professional practice
Promotes and improves students' knowledge of issues related to diversity


AWARDS: Top 15 Ranked Best Buys Online Master's Degrees Criminal Justice, Legal
Studies. Online Degree Rankings. (2006). Retrieved on 2007-07-12.

Total students:              24,351[2]
Undergraduates:              18,587
Postgraduates:               5,764

Dr. James F. Anderson, Chair or
Department of Criminal Justice
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Human Ecology
East Carolina University
245 Rivers Building
Greenville, NC 27858
                            VALDOSTA STATE UNIVERSITY
Degrees offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Develop an understanding of major criminological theories, their strengths and
weaknesses, their role in explaining crime and delinquency, and their role in informing
public policy.

To develop a familiarity with the structure and function of systems of criminal justice in
the United States and in other countries.

To develop the use and application of scientific research methods to the study of crime
as well as to solving crimes.
Integrate criminal justice theory and research findings with criminal justice practice.

To develop an understanding of the development of contemporary criminal justice issue
in modern societies and how such issues may be informed by systematic research and


AWARDS: Universities–Master's (South), third tier

Students:       11,279 as of Fall 2007
Undergraduates: 9,727 as of Fall 2007
Postgraduates:  1,552 as of Fall 2007

University Center
1500 North Patterson St.
Valdosta, GA 31698
Phone: 229-333-5943
Fax: 229-333-5492
Email: Contact Us
                         UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Degrees offered:


The Master of Science in Criminal Justice offers two plans of study. The first is designed
to meet the needs of students preparing for careers in the field of criminal justice or
planning to complete a doctoral program of study. The curriculum focuses on the
traditional issues such as management, administrative and criminological theory, as well
as research and statistics. Other core and elective courses focus on the complex and
changing world in which criminal justice systems operate in this country and abroad.

The benefits of an advanced graduate degree in criminal justice are self evident and are
being increasingly recognized by employers in central Florida and throughout the United
States. Federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies benefit from an informed and
innovative workforce that is aware of the complex issues and problems faced by the
system regardless of geographic locale. Furthermore, graduates of the program are
grounded in the latest theories and learn how these theories affect each individual or
organization within the system.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed for a variety of students. Some
are recent college graduates interested in pursuing a professional career in criminal
justice. Others are employees of criminal justice agencies interested in learning more
about their field and advancing their careers. Still, others enter the program as a first
step toward a Ph.D. in criminal justice or a related field. Some may be driven simply by
a desire to enrich their intellectual lives. Whatever their motivations and backgrounds,
graduates of the master’s program will be better prepared to meet the many challenges
facing the criminal justice system today.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The M.S. Program in Criminal Justice offers students two options interested in pursing
either a professional or traditional M.S. degree. The first has a professional focus and is
designed for students whose career goals include working in criminal or juvenile justice
agencies. Students in this option will be encouraged to focus on policy-oriented courses
and to compile a professional portfolio of their graduate work. The second option is
designed for students who plan to enroll in a Ph.D. program when they complete the
master’s program. These students will be encouraged to prepare a thesis.

Students in both plans of study will be exposed to a wide variety of issues and problems
within the discipline. They will study crime trends and theories of criminal behavior.
They will analyze the administration of justice within the United States, including critical
problems facing law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Qualitative and quantitative
research methods, statistics, and computer technologies in the criminal justice field will
also be part of each student’s curriculum.
Students will select elective courses based on their preferred focus. These courses
involve analysis of juvenile crime and the juvenile justice system; the relationship of law
to social policy; individual and organizational strategies for change; the connection
between popular culture, the mass media, crime, and criminal justice; and the future of
corrections, courts and law enforcement. A number of special topic courses will also be

Corrections Leadership is a rapidly growing area of criminal justice. Private, state and
federal agencies alike are seeking qualified managers and leaders to meet the changing
needs of the twenty-first century. Leaders of correctional facilities and programs should
be prepared to meet the challenges of changing policies and effectively deal with the
management of budgets, grants, cooperative agreements and other inter-governmental

Recent events in the state and in the nation have prompted policy makers, police,
juvenile justice administrators and school administrators to re-examine their role in the
juvenile justice process. The juvenile justice system, long understaffed, is facing the
continuing problem of increased juvenile crime, high levels of juvenile drug use and
substance abuse, and debatable programs to rehabilitate delinquent children. It is one
of the fastest growing career fields in criminal justice.
The certificate program in Juvenile Justice Leadership is designed to provide a
theoretical and practical knowledge base for juvenile justice executives in the areas of
criminal justice, public administration and social work. This certificate program requires
12 hours of graduate course work. The successful completion of this program would
improve consideration for admission as a degree-seeking student in the master's
program in Criminal Justice.

Certificate Offered
Graduate Certificate in Juvenile Justice Leadership

The Department of Sociology offers a Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence for
persons working or planning to work in the domestic violence field or whose
occupational responsibilities include contacts with the victims or perpetrators of
domestic violence. The program addresses domestic violence definitions, causes,
consequences, and prevention strategies from a sociological perspective. By analyzing
the social forces contributing to domestic violence, professionals working in social
service, mental health, medical, law enforcement, legal and educational fields will
increase their knowledge and skills in developing, implementing and evaluating
intervention strategies.
Graduate Certificate in Domestic Violence

Graduate Certificate in Computer Forensics The National Center for Forensic Science
(NCFS), the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the
Department of Chemistry jointly sponsor the interdisciplinary graduate certificate
program in Computer Forensics. In addition, the Liberal Studies Program offers a
Master of Science degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Computer
Forensics. This web-assisted certificate program provides a unique opportunity of
graduate training to professionals and paraprofessionals who deal directly or indirectly
with digital evidence, including law enforcement investigators, forensic laboratory
analysts, lawyers and judges, and corporate computer security specialists.

Graduate Certificate in Victim Assistance

The Graduate Certificate in Victim Assistance is an interdisciplinary program that
addresses strategies and approaches for treating the victims of crime. The graduate
certificate provides practitioners with the knowledge and skills to be more effective in
working with and advocating for victims. Courses are offered by the School of Social
Work, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Department of Criminal Justice
and Legal Studies.

Graduate Certificate in Police Leadership

Municipalities, county governments and state agencies have been working to develop
new technologies, cooperative business and government relationships, and new ways
of fighting and deterring criminal behavior. The police manager, who previously had
been concerned only with issues involving statutes, policies and local jurisdictional
issues, must now be concerned with human resource and management issues,
employee assistance programs, ethical issues, and local, state, federal, and
international government relations.

The certificate program in Police Leadership is designed to provide a theoretical and
practical knowledge base for the law enforcement executive in criminal justice, public
administration or social work. The graduate certificate consists of twelve credit hours of
graduate course work. The successful completion of this certificate program would
improve consideration for admission as a degree-seeking student in the master's
program of Criminal Justice.

Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis

The Graduate Certificate in Crime Analysis provides information for data-driven
management, investigative support and general crime analysis. This unique graduate
certificate program is designed to provide essential skills that are critically needed by
law enforcement agencies to meet new demands for sophisticated crime analysis and
mapping products.
The program addresses the needs of traditional criminal justice graduate students and
nontraditional criminal justice practitioners. Theoretical aspects of crime pattern analysis
are combined with practical applications to understand the development of data-driven
crime prevention strategies. Crime pattern recognition and examination are

The program emphasizes data management abilities that are essential for sophisticated
crime analysis. Students learn to synthesize theory and application in order to produce
the knowledge base necessary to: 1) fully utilize available technologies to develop and
perform complex crime analysis and mapping; 2) perform advanced spatial analyses of
crime; and 3) understand the essentials of creating customized crime analysis and
mapping applications that are agency-specific.

The certificate program is affiliated with the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and
administered by the Department of Criminal Justice. The program follows UCF policies
and procedures for graduate certificate programs.


  o UCF is among the top 400 universities in the world, in the 139-164 range among
    American universities and in the 118-140 range among universities in the United
    States according to The Academic Ranking of World Universities[32]
  o UCF is one of two Florida schools in the top 106 Academic Ranking of World
    Universities in the category of Engineering & Computer Science[33]
  o UCF had the highest passing rate in the nation on the National CPA exam in Fall
  o UCF Digital Media students won the first Red Bull Build game design competition
    in the summer of 2006.
  o A UCF Digital Media student won the first Yahoo! Emoticon Contest - where a
    new emoticon icon was chosen for Yahoo! Messenger, as well as an Avatar
    made to his likeness....Yahoo! Avatar Face #7
  o UCF has a lower crime rate per capita than any other Florida state university.[34]
  o The UCF Police has the lowest rate of solving crimes of any major university in
    Florida. [34]

Students:                       48,497[2]
Undergraduates:                 41,320[2]
Postgraduates:                  7,177[2]
Doctoral students:              1
University of Central Florida - Division of Graduate Studies
Mailing Address: Millican Hall, Suite 230, PO Box 160112, Orlando, FL 32816-0112.
Phone: 407-823-2766 Fax: 407-823-6442
                         UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Degrees offered:

The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice offers a program leading to the
Master of Arts degree with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the
Graduate Certificate in Drug and Addiction Studies. Faculty research and teaching
interests span a wide variety of crime- and criminal justice-related topics, including
policing, courts, corrections, legal studies, macro- and microlevel criminological theory,
drug policy, victimization, and program evaluation.

#112 National Universities
54 out of 164 public institutions

Students:                         27,390
Undergraduates:                   18,648
Postgraduates:                    8,742

USC, The Graduate School
901 Sumter St. #304
Columbia, SC 29208

Degrees offered:

Criminal Justice/MSCJ
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is designed to provide an advanced
understanding of the nature of crime and society's reaction to it and the various
components of the criminal justice system. The program of study enhances professional
development for those seeking managerial and leadership roles as well as preparing
students seeking to enter law school or complete a doctoral degree.

Multi-disciplinary approaches to all facets of the criminal justice system.

Designed for the non-traditional student

Sequenced so the degree can be completed in two years

A Criminal Justice Advisory Committee composed of area criminal justice practitioners
provides input regarding curriculum and other experiential learning opportunities.
MSCJ alumni work in every professional field at local, state and federal agencies

AWARDS: 3 tier

STUDENT POPULATION: 2,700 undergraduate students
graduate students:

Paula Thomas at or 1-800-947-7474
Charleston Southern University | 9200 University Boulevard, Charleston, SC 29406
Local Phone Number: (843) 863-7000 | Toll-Free Number: (800) 947-7474
Charleston Southern University
9200 University Blvd
Charleston, SC 29406-8087

Degrees offered:

Hodges University’s Criminal Justice Program emphasizes specialty areas of
concentration to prepare individuals for service in unique and innovative areas within
the criminal justice system. Such specialty areas include behavioral sciences, forensics,
terrorism, and intelligence. The curriculum is structured to provide a logical sequence of
courses in either behavioral sciences or intelligence and terrorism for students to
progress from the associate level to the bachelor’s level.

The professors in the Criminal Justice Program possess the appropriate academic
preparation as well as the practical experience in the real world application of their craft.
The program draws upon the expertise of law enforcement officers, judges, probation
and parole officers, corrections personnel and practicing attorneys. The learning
environment of the class is further enhanced by the interaction of the various criminal
justice students already working in the field. This blend of practical experience from both
the professors and the students provides a real value to the graduates of this program.

As society changes, so too, will our criminal justice system. Hodges University is
committed to ensuring that its Criminal Justice Program remains contemporary so that
graduates of the program will be prepared to serve the communities in which they

Master of Science (MCJ)
The Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (MCJ) is designed as a
comprehensive and contemporary study of the criminal justice system. The program is
conceptually based, thereby offering students the opportunity to develop a theoretical
understanding of criminal and deviant behavior that is applicable to the practical realities
of the criminal justice professional. Students considering a doctoral program of study
upon completion of the MCJ program may complete a thesis option for an additional six
credits. See the Graduate Bulletin for detailed degree requirements.


Undergraduate: 1,454
Graduate: 186
Hodges University
Naples Campus: 1(800) 466-8017 • Fort Myers Campus: 1(800) 466-0019
                         EVEREST UNVIVERSITY

Degrees offered:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Pompano Beach

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree offers a specialized overview of the
criminal justice system, preparing graduates for management-level positions in a broad
array of criminal justice environments.

You will also broaden your skills by obtaining job-related knowledge and expertise in the
specialized areas of law enforcement administration, corrections, juvenile justice, drug
abuse, and abuse counseling.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Class Training
The curriculum offers a balance of theory and application in the areas of:
   o Crime and Criminology
   o Ethics in Criminal Justice
   o Applied Research Methods
   o Statistics for Criminal Justice
   o Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
   o Laws and the Legal System
   o Writing for Research at the Graduate Level
   o Graduate students also will have a choice of elective classes like:
   o Criminal Justice Management
   o Victimology
   o Counseling the Offender
   o Modern Constitutional Theory
   o Substance Use, Crime, and Criminal Justice
The curriculum is designed to provide you with solid leadership and management skills
that are applicable to the many disciplines of the program. You will gain the tools
necessary to identify, research and solve problems as they relate to the criminal justice

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Career Opportunities
The program will prepare you for management positions in probation, corrections,
immigration, law enforcement, and security.

Undergraduates: 1,007
Graduates: 78
Total: 1,085


Everest University - Brandon
3924 Coconut Palm Drive
Tampa, FL 33619
Degrees offered:

The Department of Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science offers three associate
degree programs in criminal justice, bachelor and master of science degrees in criminal
justice, and a bachelor of arts in political science, with the opportunity for either teacher
certification or a concentration in public administration. Students considering graduate
school should take the foreign language option and continue their linguistic study
beyond the first intermediate course. Students may pursue associate of applied science
degrees in criminal justice with concentrations in law enforcement, law enforcement with
P.O.S.T. certification, or corrections.

The department endorses the ideal of liberal education and views it as an enlargement
of education in related professional areas. As such, all departmental programs and
courses are conceptually-based so that students will develop the theoretical
sophistication to understand and manage the practical realities of the field. Instructional
effectiveness, public service, and scholarly activity are inseparable components of this
curricular integrity. The department encourages original research by both faculty and
students and supports community service through such vehicles as the university’s
Public Service Center.

AWARDS: Universities–Master's (South), fourth tier

STUDENT POPULATION: Graduates: 642; Undergraduates: 6,000

Department Head: Dr. Zaphon Wilson
11935 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31419
Phone: 912.927.5279
Fax: 912.921.5688
Solms Hall 109
Degrees offered:

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to prepare students to become
leaders, outstanding practitioners, scholars, and advocates for social justice in a diverse
and global society. Students are required to take courses providing a comprehensive
overview of the Criminal Justice system and select an emphasis area in Law
Enforcement, Courts/Law, Corrections/Counseling, or Research based on their career
or graduate school interests. A Homeland Security Management track has been
developed and will be added to the curriculum pending approval. The Department has
approximately 450 undergraduate and graduate students. There are eight full-time
tenure track positions the Department. The Department of Criminal Justice has a
modern computer lab and several active student organizations. Additionally, we have
several exciting venues: Juvenile Justice Institute, Center for Domestic and International
Criminal Justice Research and Policy, Homeland Security Institute; and coming soon is
a Center for Domestic and International Criminal Justice Research and Policy.
The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice is designed to develop students and
practitioners with skills to promote the administration of justice, crime prevention and
control in a diverse and global society. Concentrations are offered in Law Enforcement
and Corrections.

The program will prepare criminal justice students and practitioners for roles of
management and supervision, research in criminal justice and changing trends in
homeland security.



Undergraduates:                     4,000
Postgraduates:                      3,500

North Carolina Central University
Department of Criminal Justice
301 Whiting Criminal Justice Building
PO Box 19772
Durham , NC 27707
(919) 530-6280 (office)
(919) 530-5195 (fax)
                            GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Degrees offered:

Criminal Justice
College: College of Health and Human Sciences
Degrees: B.S., M.S.
College of Health and Human Sciences

The term ‘criminal justice’ refers to public safety agencies, courts, and corrections as a
system for the administration of city, county, state and federal laws. The curriculum also
focuses on the causes of crime and theoretical explanations relating to the crime
problem. There are two option of study in criminal justice: the Crime and Justice track,
which is the traditional curriculum in criminal justice; and the legal track, which is
designed for criminal justice majors who are interested in an intensive exposure to law
in preparation for law school.


AWARDS: National Universities, fourth tier

Undergraduates:                   19,894
Postgraduates:                    7,373

Department of Criminal Justice
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4018
Atlanta, Georgia 30302-4018
(404) 413-1020
Degrees offered:

The mission of the School of Criminal Justice is to provide local, state, national and
international leadership on core issues related to crime and its control and to be
recognized as a prominent center of research, scholarship and teaching, with academic,
theoretical and direct policy relevance. The School is recognized both nationally and
internationally as a leader in the field of criminal justice education.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) requires a minimum of 36 credit
hours (12 courses). Students entering the program are required to complete five
courses (15 credits) of core requirements, four electives (12 credits) in criminal justice,
and three courses (9 credits) in a public administration specialization or general
electives. The MSCJ program is available at University Park campus and is also offered
fully online (see The public administration specialization is not
available online.


  o In 2000, Florida International University received the highest research university
    ranking conferred by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
    Teaching. That same year, FIU became the youngest university to be awarded
    Phi Beta Kappa chapter, the country's oldest and most distinguished academic
    honor society. FIU is one of only 78 universities nationwide to hold both
  o Florida International University is ranked among the top 100 public national
    universities in the U.S. News & World Report annual guide to "America's Best
    Colleges." FIU was the youngest institution in that group. FIU was also placed in
    the fourth tier of the National Universities category which includes both public
    and private schools.[20] The magazine also reported that FIU students are
    among the least indebted college students in the nation, and recognized the
    university as a "best buy" in higher education. In 1998, Kiplinger's Personal
    Finance Magazine ranked FIU as the country's 18th best value in public higher
  o FIU recently ranked among the best values in public higher education in the
    country, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s 2006 survey, "100
    Best Values in Public Colleges." FIU is ranked among the top 50 nationally for in-
    state students and among the top 100 nationally for out-of-state and international
  o FIU is ranked 3rd in granting bachelor's degrees to minorities and 9th in granting
    master's degrees to minorities (among the top 100 degree producing colleges
    and universities), according to Diverse Issues in Higher Education, (June 2006).
Students:                          38,290
Undergraduates:                    29,584
Postgraduates:                     8,706

School of Criminal Justice
Florida International University
University Park, PCA-257
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, Florida 33199
Phone: (305) 348-5890
Fax: (305) 348-5848
                         FAYETTEVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY

Degrees offered:

In the development of the MS program in criminal justice, the faculty sought both to
create a program that meets national standards for substantive coverage, and yet is
distinctive. The result is a degree program that conforms to Academy of Criminal Justice
Sciences recommendations, but also has a unique theme.

The students in the MSCJ program have a wide range of academic and professional
experiences and aspirations, and come to Fayetteville State with a great variety of
backgrounds, including law enforcement management, federal corrections, education,
and the armed services.

Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University. FSU
has a long history of empowering people through education and the Department of
Criminal Justice continues that tradition. We offer a high quality program in an
inclusive and nurturing environment. The dedication of our faculty and staff is second
to none. We all embrace the concept that the university was built for the purpose of
providing an education for students. Each of our faculty has a strong commitment to
student learning. We believe strongly in providing our students with the highest quality
education possible, and helping each student to achieve her or his highest potential.
Each member of our faculty is a dedicated scholar of criminal justice and an active
researcher in the field. Faculty members are continuously engaged in research
projects, seeking to advance the body of knowledge in the field. They also are actively
involved in the community, serving on a variety of local, state, national, and international
boards and organizations. Our experience, education, and scholarship represent
excellence in the field of criminal justice and make it possible for us to offer a B.S.
degree that is rich in theory and practice. Graduates from our program are well-
equipped to enter the field of criminal justice in a wide variety of areas or to pursue
graduate studies at the best colleges and universities in the country.

It is a very exciting time to be a part of our learning community. As you peruse our
website, you’ll see that we are a vibrant and expanding program, on the cutting edge of
technology and teaching strategies. We are piloting a number of programs including the
development of a criminal/social justice learning community and a service learning
component in the classroom.

We offer an online degree completion program in cooperation with the North Carolina
Community Colleges. All of our courses follow a similar format and are offered on a
consistent rotation to best serve the needs of our students. We require the same
degree of academic rigor and provide the same level of knowledge in our online
program as we do with our in-residence courses. We also have a highly cooperative
articulation agreement with a number of community colleges, which makes transferring
to Fayetteville State University a very attractive opportunity. In fact, we have a dual
enrollment program with Fayetteville Technical Community College, Bladen Community
College, and Pitt Community College. The Dual Enrollment program allows for the
complete integration of our two programs and the ability to seamlessly receive an AA
degree from the community college and a B.S. degree from FSU in Criminal Justice in
four years, both online and in-residence. Our plan is to continue to expand these
programs to other community colleges and enhance the accessibility of a high-quality
criminal justice education to the people of North Carolina and beyond.

We are continuously reviewing our curriculum and courses and exploring innovative
education delivery systems to stay ahead of the curve. We are in the second year of
offering a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, both in-residence and online. I
invite you to continue your review of our Department’s website and to come join us in
our quest for excellence.


AWARDS: Universities–Master's (South), third tier

Undergraduates:                   5,029
Postgraduates:                    1,043

Fayetteville State University • 1200 Murchison Road • Fayetteville, NC 28301 •
Degrees offered:

Masters of Science Degree In Criminal Justice
Degree Requirements
Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 semester hours, 18 of which must
be in courses open only to graduate students (6000 level or above). Students may
transfer a maximum of six hours from another institution and may receive credit for a
maximum of 12 hours of graduate courses from outside the department.
 Special Features
    o Assistantships, low tuition, and opportunities to work with faculty on funded
       research make UNC Charlotte an affordable and exciting choice.
    o With courses offered primarily in the evening, students can move through the
       program at a pace that accommodates obligations to work and family.
    o With the thesis option, students can undertake, under faculty guidance, research
       on a criminological or crime issue of particular interest.
    o With the department's international connections, opportunities exist for
       participation in summer, semester, or yearlong study abroad programs.
    o Several opportunities exist to become involved in on-going research projects
       within the department.


  o U.S. News & World Report:
  o Top 10 public regional undergraduate universities in the South.[2] (2006)
  o America's Best Colleges 2007- Cheapest (Most affordable) public schools [3]
  o 9th in the state of North Carolina and 98th in the U.S.A.
  o America's Best Colleges 2008-National Universities: Tier Four
  o (
  o Lombardi Program on Measuring University Performance at the University of
  o 80th among public universities in "The Top 200 Institutions - Faculty Awards
  o (117th among public and private universities, on par with Wake Forest University)

Undergraduates:    16,584 (2006-07)
Postgraduates:     4,400 (2006-07)
Doctoral students: 535 (2006-07)
Dr. Michael G. Turner, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator, at 704-687-6161
or by email at

The University of
North Carolina at Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
(704) 687-2000
                              Appalachian State University

Program: The Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology is a NEW PROGRAM
recently approved by the UNC Board of Governors and which began in August 2006.

We have already admitted 20 students and many more will be joining us in August 2007
for a new year!

Check for information for each of the topics on the left side of this web site.

If you would like to apply for this program, please check out the Graduate School's
website, including admissions deadlines, application forms, testing information, tuition
and fees, and scholarships & assistantships: HERE

Graduate Assistantships: YES

Ranking: U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 America’s Best Colleges Guide placed
Appalachian fifth among the South’s top masters-degree granting public universities
and 10th among public and private universities in the South. Appalachian has ranked
in the top 15 among southern universities since the rankings first appeared in 1986.

Population: 15,117 (13,447 undergraduate, 1,607 graduate)
Contact: P.O. Box 32107, Boone, NC 28608
(828) 262-3085
Fax: (828) 262-2947
Chairperson: Dr. Brian Ellison
                                Albany State University

Program: Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

    The program prepares students for professional employment in the criminal justice
system and/or for graduate studies in criminal justice law. The curriculum is both broad
and flexible enough to permit students to pursue course work in a wide variety of
criminal justice topics cutting across law enforcement, courts, corrections, research,
policy analysis and planning and operations. Students are encouraged to take
internships in criminal justice, social service, and/or human service agencies.
    Cumulative grade point average of 2.7 out of 4.0 quality points for all courses taken
in the last degree program in high school or college. A SAT score of 450 verbal, and
450 math or its ACT equivalent. A minor in Criminal Justice studies, requiring 18 hours
of designated study, is offered with a concentration in the core curriculum.

Graduate Assistantships: Unknown

Ranking: Fourth tier

Population: 3,515

Contact: Albany State University 504 College Drive Albany, Georgia 31705,
Inter American University Of Puerto Rico

Program: Criminal Justice
Location: San German, PR
                                Clark Atlanta University

Program: Master of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice houses two programs. Four degrees
are offered from these programs - two undergraduate degrees (Bachelor of Arts in
Sociology and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice) and two graduate degrees (Master
of Arts in Sociology and Master of Arts Criminal Justice).

The Department consists of ten full-time faculty members with substantive research and
teaching backgrounds and training. With an emphasis on teaching, this diversity
facilitates comprehensive learning.

In addition to core theoretical foundations in Sociology, Criminology, and Criminal
Justice, departmental strengths include Quantitative Methodology and Analysis.
However, Environmental Justice, Medical Sociology, Law Enforcement and Corrections
are the primary areas of faculty research activity and service. Over the years, the faculty
have obtained and administered several grants from federal, state and local
governments and private organizations.

Graduate Assistantships: Yes

Ranking: National Universities, fourth tier

Population: 3,681

Contact: Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice
Oglethorpe Hall, Room 219
Telephone: (404) 880-6659
223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW--Atlanta, GA 30314--(404)880-8000

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