Criminology and Criminal Justice
Advance your career with a Michigan graduate degree from University of Michigan-Dearborn in the rapidly growing criminal justice profession.
Faculty, who are experts in their field, developed the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice to prepare students for research, management and policy positions or continuation into a Ph.D. program.
This flexible degree program is 30-31 credits and provides a thesis and non-thesis option, while offering traditional, evening and online courses. Public safety professionals from partnering organizations may quality for a scholarship valued at 20 percent of tuition and fees through our community service personnel scholarship program.
- Completion of a Bachelor's degree with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA
- Completion of the following courses or equivalent:
- CRJ 200 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJ 468 Criminology
- CRJ 416 Criminal Law
Applicants who meet the GPA requirement but lack one or more required courses may be admitted conditionally with the permission of the Program Director. These course deficiencies may be completed concurrently with graduate courses in the program upon Program Director approval.
Community Service Personnel Scholarships
The University of Michigan-Dearborn provides a scholarship valued at 20% of tuition and fees for public safety employees at partnering organizations. The scholarship is available for degree-seeking students and can be used for undergraduate and graduate programs.
Accelerated Program: 4+1
The 4+1 accelerated program option allows current UM-Dearborn undergraduate Criminology and Criminal Justice majors to complete both the Bachelor of Arts and the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice in a format that offers substantial savings in both time and money. This is achieved by a double-counting allowance of up to 15 credits or 5 graduate level (500-level or above) courses. One additional year of graduate work (15-16 credits) would be needed to complete the Master's program enabling students to earn two degrees in a total of five years.
Participation in the 4+1 program is limited to students who have completed at least 60 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Admission to the 4+1 program is at the discretion of the Program Director and requires an admission interview. The "regular" online graduate application should be completed with a "Yes" response to the 4+1 accelerated program question. The only supplemental application materials required for 4+1 applicants are a personal statement describing career goals and a resume.
Once admitted to the 4+1 program, the student must attain a grade of B- or better in each 500 level class elected. Failure to do so may result in removal from the 4+1 program.
For additional information, please see the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice website or call 313-583-6321.
Specific Course Requirements
|CRJ 518||CJ Research Methods 1, 2||3|
|or PADM 580||Info Sys and Stats for Admin|
|CRJ 553||Sociology of Law 1||3|
|or PADM 505||Intro to Pub & Non-Prof Admin|
|CRJ 565||Deviant Behavior/Soc Disorganz||3|
|CRJ 570||Current Issues in Crim Justice||3|
|or CRJ 515||Restorative Justice|
|CRJ 588||Criminal Procedure||3|
|PADM 561||Organization Dev and Theory 1||3|
|Select three courses from the following:||9|
|Intel and Homeland Security|
|Civil Rights and Liberties|
|Marriage and Family Problems|
|Sociology of Law|
|Law and Culture|
|Drugs, Alcohol, and Society|
|Current Issues in Crim Justice|
|Leadership and Administration|
|Admin of Financial Resources 1|
|Strat Planning/Needs Assessmnt|
|Policy Analysis & Development|
|Master's Essay or Master's Thesis|
|Select one of the following options:||3-4|
|CRJ Master's Essay 3|
|CRJ Thesis 4|
|Total Credit Hours||30-31|
PADM 505, PADM 540, PADM 561, and PADM 580 are required courses for the Criminal Justice Administration concentration. This concentration is appropriate for those individuals who intend to pursue career choices primarily in administrative or managerial roles.
The non-thesis option is for those seeking to further a career in the law enforcement or criminal justice field.
The thesis option is for those who are planning to continue their education at the Ph.D. level.