College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2013-2014

Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Applied Criminology, Master of Science

  • Available Emphasis Areas:
  • Communities and Justice - Emphasis
  • Law, Policy and Social Change - Emphasis
  • Transnational Crime and Justice - Emphasis

This plan provides students with a professional program of study focused on the social and practical problems surrounding the creation and implementation of law and justice policy in local, national and international environments. Students can focus their studies in the areas of communities and justice, socio-legal policies and practices and transnational crime and justice.

Careers

What Can I Do with a Master of Science in Applied Criminology?

If you have a passion for helping others and want to explore the relationships between law and society, a degree in Applied Criminology might be for you. You'll learn about how justice is applied specifically to juveniles, women, and ethnic groups, as well as how cultural and political issues are related to criminal justice around the world.

Here, you will receive a professional program of study focused on the social and practical problems surrounding the creation and implementation of law and justice policy in local, national and international environments.  You can focus your studies in the areas of communities and justice, socio-legal policies and practices, and transnational crime and justice.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Child advocate
  • Court administrator
  • Criminologist
  • Environmental crime investigator


University Requirements

  • To receive a master’s degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject areas, consisting of at least 30 units of graduate-level courses. (Many master’s degree programs require more than 30 units.)

    You must additionally complete:

    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s). This may include a thesis.
    • All graduate work with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
    • All work toward the master’s degree must be completed within six consecutive years. The six years begins with the semester and year of admission to the program.
    The full policy can be viewed here.

     

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 36
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate

Emphasis, minor, and/or certificate are required.

Thesis Thesis may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Comprehensive Exam Comprehensive Exam may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Oral Defense Oral Defense may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.
Research Individualized research may be required by chosen emphasis or offered as an option.

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
    • NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
    • Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent. 
    • Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
    • Transcripts
    • For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
    • International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy 


    Individual program admission requirements include:

    • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Writing sample
    • Personal statement or essay
Master's Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units:

    Foundation Courses (9 units)

    Select one course from (3 units):
    • CCJ 610, CCJ 614, or other research tool approved by the Department Graduate Program Committee
  • Focus Area (9 units)
  • Capstone Project (6 units)
    Select one of the four following capstone projects:
    • Thesis - original qualitative or quantitative research in criminology
    • Internship - minimum one semester full-time field placement and the completion of a written analysis of the internship project
    • Comprehensive Exam - supervised examinations to demonstrate mastery of criminological theory and methods and one focus area of study
    • Justice Education Practicum - requires completion of CCJ 688 and CCHE 580 or CCHE 640 and, with the approval of the CCJ 688 instructor, one semester of supervised college-level teaching (or other justice-education project) and the completion of a written, critical analysis of the teaching experience
  • Elective Units
    • Students who complete one focus area must complete 12 units of additional elective coursework approved by the student's Graduate Committee.
    • Students who complete a second 9-unit focus area will take 3 additional units of approved elective coursework.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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