M.A. in Criminal Justice and Criminology
The master of arts in criminal justice is designed to develop and enhance the student's knowledge of criminal justice; expand and develop a student's analytical and assessment skills; and further develop their facility with oral and written communication and with research.
The program is flexible and provides a superb basis for entry into graduate work at the doctoral level or applied work in criminal justice agencies. Approximately 70% of our M.A. graduates are employed in applied settings while the balance have pursued teaching and research careers.
There are two components (or milestones) involved in successfully completing our M.A. program:
32 semester credit hours total - 27 graded credits and 5 credits of indpendent study. The graded credits break out as follows: 15 credits of core courses; 6 credits of institutional courses focusing on corrections, courts or policing; 6 credits of electives. The independent study credits represent the work you put into your master's essay or writing portfolio.
Masters Essay/Writing Portfolio
In addition to the course requirements, students are required to prepare a master's essay or writing portfolio acceptable to his/her advisory committee and the Graduate School. The major purpose of this requirement is to give the student directed experience in conducting research in the field of criminal justice.
While not required of master's students, there are opportunities to assist with teaching and research. Many graduate students find these experiences very valuable, both in deppening their own scholarhsip and in providing useful professional experience.
Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
Washington State University
Johnson Tower 701
P.O. Box 644872
Pullman, WA 99164-4872
Dr. David Brody
Graduate and Student Records Coordinator:
Dee Dee Torgeson
2012–2013 Handbook (pdf)