The Department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice. The M.S. has 15 hours of core courses and 15 hours of electives. Students can choose to take up to six (6) credits outside of criminal justice upon approval of the department graduate coordinator. In addition, the student selects from one of three capstone experiences: 1) thesis (6 hours), 2) internship project (6 hours), or 3) leadership capstone (CJ650 for 3 credits and either CJ525 or CJ645 for 3 credits).
The purpose of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice is to provide a high-quality graduate program that prepares competent individuals with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the criminal justice needs of the region, including such aspects of criminal justice as law enforcement, courts, corrections, and crime prevention or to prepare students for doctoral education. The goals of the program are to prepare graduates who are able to:
Current SEMO undergraduate students can apply to the Accelerated Graduate Program and earn graduate credit while still an undergraduate student. See Dr. Jeremy Ball (chairperson) for more details
The Department offers the M.S. in Criminal Justice in two uniquely delivered ways. The first delivery method is a blended program utilizing evening, face-to-face courses at Southeast Missouri State University and online courses offered by Southeast Missouri State University and Missouri Southern State University through a cooperative agreement.
The second delivery method is a 100% online experience through a fully integrated, cooperative program with Missouri Southern State University. This program provides students with a convenient and easily accessible opportunity to complete advanced study in criminal justice. It offers the working professional the opportunity to engage in online education, taking the same curriculum as the blended program.
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Up to 6 hours of criminal justice may be applied with the approval of the department graduate coordinator.
A Master’s degree requires a culminating activity putting the skills into action. The Department offers three options for this culminating activity – called a capstone.
For students who want to pursue a research interest, the thesis may be selected. The student will work with a graduate faculty member to develop a research question and a data source to analyze (preferably before the semester starts) who will also help in selecting the other committee members (one outside of the department). This option is a recommended option for those students who are considering a doctorate degree; however, this option is not limited only to those students. The student must be approved by the Department Graduate Coordinator prior to enrolling in CJ 694.
For students who want to apply what they have learned in their graduate studies in a particular agency, the internship capstone is a good option. The Internship Capstone requires 240 hour field placement in a criminal justice-related agency. If the student is currently employed in an agency, the Department requires the student work in a different agency. The student will work with a graduate faculty member to develop measurable objectives (before starting the internship) who will also help in selecting the other committee members (one outside of the department). The student will also be writing a significant paper outlining research in the field, findings on the objectives, and recommendations for the agency to consider.
For students who want to learn about leadership and policy, this capstone is a good option. The students are required to take specific courses beyond the 30 hours of coursework required. In this capstone the student will develop a portfolio, analyzing leadership theory and practices and policy analysis and evaluation. This portfolio will be created within CJ 650 using components in that course as well as in CJ 525 and/or CJ 645.
Individuals seeking admission to the program must do so through the School of Graduate Studies at Southeast Missouri State University.
In addition to the criteria established for general admission to graduate studies, applicants must have the following:
More information on the Graduate Program is available from the School of Graduate Studies.
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (573) 651-2451
Office: Brandt 327