M.A. Program - Requirements

The MACJ program is designed to be completed in two years with full-time enrollment (6-9 credits per semester, including electives during the summer) The MACJ program consists of 34 credits. Twenty-two credits are core classes, which include a thesis or capstone project. Core classes are sequenced and must be taken in the order in which they are listed in the handbook.

The sequence starts each fall term, and incoming graduate students are only accepted to begin in the fall semester. Each core class is covered during an eight-week session, with the exception of the Capstone Project or Thesis. There are 2 eight-week sessions per semester. Students also are required to take 12 credits of approved electives. Two elective credits can be taken from other approved areas outside of criminal justice with approval from the student’s advisor. Elective classes are generally conducted over a 16-week period for spring and fall semesters and a 6- or 12-week session for the summer semester.

Two Year Plan

Students in the MACJ program are admitted as a cohort and proceed through the major in a prescribed sequence. This means that the cohort takes the same coursework together at the same time, in the same sequence in the two years following admission to the major.

To stay on track with core requirements, each graduate student is expected to take courses in a specific sequence. A schedule for a student wishing to graduate in two years is as follows:

Fall Spring Summer
Year 1

<First 8-week session>

CRJ 560 Seminar in Criminology and Crime Policy

<Entire Semester>

CRJ 580 Advanced Research Methods for Criminal Justice
AND
LIB 550 Graduate Research in Criminal Justice

<6- or 12-week session>

The CRJ faculty plan to offer at least one graduate elective each summer. However, other departments with graduate programs (e.g., Sociology and Psychology) will certainly be offering courses that may be appropriate as an elective in the MACJ program. Check with your advisor.

<Second 8-week session>

CRJ 531 Seminar in Law and Society

<First  8-week session>

Elective (e.g., CRJ 523, CRJ 532, CRJ 562, CRJ 565)
 

<Second 8-week session>

CRJ 550 Organization & Management of Crim Justice
Year 2

<Entire Semester >

CRJ 610 Criminal Justice Planning, Policy, and Change

<Entire Semester>

EITHER CRJ 697 Capstone Project OR CRJ Thesis

<6- or 12-week session>

The CRJ faculty plan to offer at least one graduate elective each summer. However, other departments with graduate programs (e.g., Sociology and Psychology) will certainly be offering courses that may be appropriate as an elective in the MACJ program. Check with your advisor.

<First 8-week session>

CRJ 582 Statistics for Criminal Justice Research

<First 8-week session>

Elective, if needed (e.g., CRJ 523, CRJ 532, CRJ 562, CRJ 565).

<Entire Semester>

EITHER CRJ 697 Capstone Project OR CRJ Thesis, if needed.

<8-week/16-week session>

Elective, if needed.

For More Information

For further information about the M.A. in Criminal Justice at UNC, feel free to contact the Criminal Justice graduate director.