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College of Business & Social Sciences
Criminal Justice

Degree Programs Offered

The Bachelor of Arts degree

requires the completion of 120 semester-hours and is normally completed in 4 years. This degree program has the highest enrollment of the three that we offer. Approximately 60% of the students graduating from this program enter law enforcement at either the federal, state, or local level. Approximately 30% enter the corrections field in either juvenile or adult community or institutional positions. The remaining 10% of students graduating from this program go to law school, to graduate school, or into related areas of employment.

The Master of Arts degree

 33 semester-hour (thesis option) or 36 semester-hour (non-thesis option) program. The enrollment of this program ranges between 25 and 35 with an average of approximately 30 enrolled in any given semester. All graduate courses are offered both online and in the classroom with offerings alternating between classroom and online delivery. Classroom courses are held primarily in the evening hours. A student can obtain this degree within a one to two year time frame; most complete in 18 to 24 months. The degree can be obtained through online courses but the time to complete the course of study may extend to 24 or 36 months, depending upon self-imposed limitations and the availability of appropriate coursework. See the Graduate Catalog for entry requirements.