Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences

Through Barton's MSCCJS program, students become accomplished scholars, researchers, analysts, and educators in criminology and criminal justice and other related fields. Additionally, the MSCCJS curriculum is thesis-based to prepare students to pursue additional advanced degrees.

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About the Program

The Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences graduate program requires successful completion of 36 semester hours of graduate coursework (including six hours of research and a thesis), passing scores on a comprehensive examination, and completion of a formal research project, including the successful oral defense of a research thesis. Through the program, students become accomplished scholars, researchers, analysts, and educators in criminology and criminal justice and other related fields.

Admission Requirements

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Applicants who have taken no CCJS-related courses may seek provisional admission and be required to complete up to 12 hours of undergraduate coursework with a grade of B or better.
  • Barton College alumni with a B.S. in CCJS must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the CCJS major while having a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
  • Barton College alumni or students must earn or have earned a C or better in Research Design & Methods and in Techniques of Analysis/Statistics.
 

Graduate Curriculum

  • Criminology, Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Administration of Justice (3 hours)
  • Advances in Criminological Theory (3 hours)
  • Advanced Research Design and Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences (4 hours)
  • Advanced Methods of Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences (4 hours)
  • Law Enforcement and Policing - an Intergovernmental Perspective (3 hours)
  • Law, Adjudication, and Legal Jurisprudence (3 hours)
  • Juvenile Justice, Corrections, and Treatment of the Offender (3 hours)
  • Crime and Justice Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 hours)
  • Executive Development in Criminal and Juvenile Justice System Administration and Management (2 hours)
  • Selected topics in CCJS (3 hours). Choose one:
    • Managing Complex Investigations
    • Domestic and International Security Studies
    • Intelligence Analysis and Management
    • Transnational and Organized Crime
    • Terrorism and Homeland Security
    • Cyber, Financial, and White Collar Crime
  • Thesis Research Project, Paper, and Oral Defense (6 hours)
 

Admission Process

  1. Apply online at www.barton.edu/gradapply/.
  2. Send official transcripts from accredited undergraduate college or university. If you are a Barton alumnus, the College already has your transcript on file.
  3. Email required documents to grad_enroll@barton.edu:
    • Resume
    • Personal statement listing academic and career goals
    • Three letters of reference addressing your potential to successfully complete graduate-level coursework
 

Tuition

Tuition for applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree is $600 per graduate semester credit hour.

Program Director

Richard Groskin, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Sciences
rgroskin@barton.edu
(252) 399-6428
Hines Hall 110-C

 

Contact Us

Office of Admissions
101 Harper Hall, Barton College
P.O. Box 5000, Wilson, N.C. 27893

grad_enroll@barton.edu
800-345-4973
252-399-6317
252-399-6572 (fax)