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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) provides students with advanced theoretical and methodological training for research and management careers in criminal justice. Graduates are prepared to work for local, state and federal agencies concerned with maintaining public safety through the prevention, apprehension and rehabilitation of offenders.

The MA requires the completion of 33 credit hours, at least 21 of which are required to be in courses housed in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Twelve of these hours represent the core of the curriculum:

CRIMIN 5415 Foundations Of Criminological Theory (core) 3
CRIMIN 6400 Proseminar (core) 3
CRIMIN 6405 Methods (core) 3
CRIMIN 6410 Statistical Applications In Criminology And Criminal Justice (core) 3

In addition, students must take 9 non-core credit hours in CCJ seminars as wells as 12 elective hours of course work are required. Students may choose between a thesis and non-thesis course of study.

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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