The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice provides students with advanced theoretical, legal, and methodological training for research, teaching, and management careers in criminal justice. The program serves to educate criminal justice professionals and prepare students for further advanced graduate work, legal studies, and scholarship. The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is committed to:
Applications to the program are due by July 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester. However, students are strongly encouraged to apply early. Applications submitted after the due dates will be considered, but no later than three weeks from the start of classes for the fall semester and four weeks for the spring semester. Application for admission does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
To apply, all students must first complete and return the Graduate Application for Admission to the Graduate Admissions Office (available at http://www.marshall.edu/graduate/). Moreover, students are encouraged to review the Graduate Catalog online at http://www.marshall.edu/catalog/Graduate/ for complete information on the graduate application process and university policies. To be considered for admission to the M.S. program, all applicants must provide a complete application file that contains the following items (all materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office):
Students may be considered for provisional admission or conditional enrollment. All prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact the Criminal Justice Graduate Director before applying to the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program to discuss the application process and requirements.
The Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology is housed on the Huntington campus, and all classes take place in Smith Hall. However, all application material (including letters of reference) must be sent directly to the graduate admission's office in South Charleston at the following address:
Graduate Records and Admissions
100 Angus E. Peyton Drive
South Charleston, WV 25303-1600
For questions regarding application status, please contact our admissions counselor, Erin Mishoe, at 304-746-2066 (toll free 800-642-9842).
International Students: Please contact the Center for International Programs, Marshall University, One John Marshall Drive, Huntington, West Virginia 25755-1054 U.S.A. Send email to CIP@marshall.edu or visit the CIP web site at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/. Marshall University is approved for attendance of non-immigrant students under the Federal Immigration and Naturalization Act.
The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires the completion of 30 credits of coursework. In total, students take 15 credits of core courses, 12 credits of electives, plus students choose the non-thesis (3 credits) or thesis (3 credits) option. The curriculum is structured around a set of core requirements that provide a broad foundation in criminological theory, research and statistics, criminal law as well as aspects of criminal justice policy and practice.
All students are required to complete 15 credits of core courses:
Students can choose from a variety of electives. A total of 12 hours of electives are required. Courses outside of the discipline in related fields may be taken with approval from the Graduate Director.
Non-thesis or thesis option
Students can choose either the non-thesis (3 cr.) or thesis option (3 cr.) as their culminating experience. Students will enroll in one of these options after they have completed the majority of their coursework.
For students who work in the field or anticipate a career in the criminal justice system. The requirements are:
For students planning to continue graduate studies in a doctoral program. The requirements are:
A student who earns more than two grades of C or lower in any graduate courses will be withdrawn from the program.
Before registration for the 12th graduate credit hour, all graduate students must complete an official Plan of Study form to be approved by the Graduate Director and/or Department Chair and submitted to the Graduate College Office.
All curriculum choices should be made in consultation with the Graduate Director. Students should keep in mind that they cannot retake undergraduate/graduate classes they took as an undergraduate student at Marshall University (if applicable).
All new graduate students must meet with the Graduate Director before their first semester as a graduate student. The Graduate Director is Dr. Kimberly DeTardo-Bora (304-696-3084 — firstname.lastname@example.org). Once admitted to the program, students should contact her immediately to set up an initial appointment.