Graduate Catalog 2012-2013

Criminal Justice M.S.

Sara Doude, Coordinator



The purpose of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program at Georgia College & State University is to educate in-service and pre-service Criminal Justice students in critical thinking and communications skills and in knowledge of the discipline. The program will allow students to master the concepts, theories, and facts that underlie an understanding of the Criminal Justice System and to be able to apply their knowledge to Criminal Justice policy and practice. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program offers advanced education in the knowledge, skills, competencies, and perspectives required for effective, efficient, responsible, and humane Criminal Justice agency management. This program is offered at the residential campus in Milledgeville and in Macon.

Regular Admission Requirements

Prospective students seeking admission to the MSCJ program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and show promise of high quality work at the graduate level. There is no specific undergraduate course of study required for admission. However, students demonstrating marginal achievement may be advised to take preparatory course work. Students may begin their programs during any academic term. The program can be completed in two years. Students are strongly encouraged not to take more than 9 credit hours per semester. Nine hours is considered full-time and students will find it difficult to schedule their classes if they are trying to complete the program more quickly by taking more than 9 credit hours per semester.

All applications must be filed with the Graduate Admissions Office. These materials consist of the following: (1) the application forms; (2) official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts; (3) three letters of recommendation; and (4) official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants need only submit scores from the GRE general test, or the Miller's Analogies test (MAT), not from a subject test. To be granted regular admission status, the applicant who has taken the GRE must have a score of at least 1200 on the MSCJ admissions formula. The formula is: GRE verbal + GRE quantitative + (100 X undergraduate grade point average). For example, if an applicant had 450 on the GRE verbal, 450 on the GRE quantitative, and a 3.00 undergraduate GPA, the score would be 450 + 450 + (100 X 3.00) = 1200. To be granted regular admission status, the applicant who has taken the MAT must have a score of at least 670 on the MSCJ admissions formula. The score is calculated by taking the MAT score + (100 X the undergraduate GPA. For example, an MAT score of 370 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 would generate a score of 370 + (100 X 3.0) - 670. Prospective students seeking additional information on the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program may view the Handbook on line at

Provisional Admission

Applicants who score under 1200 on the GRE admissions formula or 670 on the MAT admissions formula may be granted provisional status, which would allow them to take some courses on a trial basis. If one’s score on the GRE formula is less than 1000, or 620 on the MAT formula, the coordinator may require the applicant to re-take the GRE, or may deny admission. While holding provisional status, students may take no more than 12 semester hours and earn no final course grades below B to qualify for regular status. A final grade of C or below will result in the student on provisional status being dismissed from the program. A final grade of D requires two A's to offset the D. The regular status student must retake the course in which he/she received the D the next time it is offered and receive no less than a C for a final grade. A regular status student who receives more than one D will be dismissed from the program. Provisional students who prefer to take lighter course loads will need two or more semesters of coursework at a grade of B or above, (not to exceed a total of 12 semester hours) to become eligible for regular status. Courses taken under provisional status with satisfactory grades (B or better) will be counted as part of the regular MSCJ degree program. The MSCJ coordinator must approve all courses taken in provisional status.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who apply too late for full consideration for admission and/or have not submitted all required documents for evaluation may be assigned conditional admission status. While in this status a student may register for one semester only by completing a GCSU Conditional Registration Agreement for Graduate Students; this form requires the signatures of both the student and the graduate coordinator. Any student who registers under this agreement must be admitted to either regular or provisional status by the end of the first semester of enrollment to continue taking courses in the degree program. Earning a final course grade of less than B while in conditional status will cause the student to be dismissed from the MSCJ program. The MSCJ coordinator must approve all courses taken in conditional status. Students may take no more than 12 semester hours of course work in conditional and provisional status combined.

Applicants should understand that the MSCJ program does not encourage students to enter under the conditional status. The Graduate Record Examination or Miller Analogies Test and undergraduate transcripts are indicators of the ability to do graduate work, and it is helpful to both the MCJ coordinator and the applicant to know something of that ability before registering for courses.

Program Grade Requirements

Students are required to maintain a B average in order to remain in the program. Regular status students who receive a final grade of C must have an A to offset the C grade. Regular students whose grade average falls below B will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must bring their average up to B during the semester they are on academic probation. If a student does not bring his/her average up during the probation period, he/she will be dismissed from the program. A student will not get program credit for a D grade and has one opportunity to retake the course (with graduate coordinator’s approval).

Summary Dismissal

A student may be summarily dismissed from the program if one or more of these conditions exist:

Student fails to resolve an incomplete by the end of the following semester and the grade automatically is changed to an F. Receives an F in any course. Receives a grade of C or below in more than one course. The student is found guilty of academic dishonesty in accordance with GCSU academic honesty policy (

Career Information

Most students in the MSCJ program are already employed in the public sector and are interested in the MSCJ program for reasons of career development and mobility. In-service students come from practically every possible public sector setting and every level of government. Pre-service students will have available to them the information and assistance of the GCSU Career Services Office. Faculty will work with students in exploring career options. Many students have found their classmates to be valuable sources of networking information. Students should understand, however, that the purpose of graduate education in criminal justice is to prepare one to be a better manager of a criminal justice agency or to pursue further education. No graduate degree is a guarantee of employment.

Program of Study

We have divided the curriculum into required elective courses and optional. Students are strongly encouraged to take CRJU 6100 in their first or second terms in the MSCJ program. That course serves as an overview to criminal justice and to this particular MSCJ program. Students are required to take and pass CRJU 6700 the comprehensive exam. Any subjects that are failed on the comprehensive exam must be tested on a second time. If the student still fails the exam, the student will be required to take that course over, and go through the testing process again. If a comprehensive exam subject is failed twice, the class retaken and fails again, that student is dismissed from the program.

I. Required Courses (24 semester hours)

Required of all students:

CRJU 6100The Criminal Justice System


CRJU 6200Police in Society


CRJU 6300Seminar in Corrections


CRJU 6400Criminological Theory


CRJU 6500Legal Issues-Criminal Justice


CRJU 6605Crim. Justice Research Design


CRJU 6610Criminal Justice Statistics


CRJU 6515Criminal Justice Ethics


CRJU 6700Comprehensive Exam


II. Electives (12 semester hours)

Select from the following:

CRJU 6120Current Issues in Crim Justice


CRJU 6140Organizational Theory & Mgmt


CRJU 6160History of Crim Justice&Crime


CRJU 6180Comparable Crim Just Systems


CRJU 6340Correctional Counseling/Treatm


CRJU 6405Victimology


CRJU 6410Critic Crim(Radical Theorists)


CRJU 6420Criminal Behaviors


CRJU 6460International Terrorism


CRJU 6940Independent Study

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CRJU 6950Special Topics


III. Optional

CRJU 6960Internship and/or Cooperative


CRJU 6970Capstone Research Project


Total Credit Hours: 36

Further Information

Prospective students desiring further information may contact the Graduate Coordinator, Department of Government and Sociology, Georgia College, Campus Box 18, Milledgeville, GA 31061. You may contact the department at, (478) 445-4562, by e-mail at, or view their Web site.