This program is intended to be a Masters degree that conforms to the nationally accepted standard in the field as indicated by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. It is intended to develop additional analytical skills for in-service practitioners with BA/BS in the field or a closely related field provide practitioners in this region with access to graduate education in their field in order for them to be more competitive for promotion within state agencies. provide our undergraduates who wish to pursue an advanced degree regional access to one in their field of choice provide our undergraduate who are considering a Ph.D in the field a good foundation for further graduate studies.
170No later than the second semester after a student enters the program, the student shall select a graduate committee of at least three faculty members from the graduate faculty, at least two of whom must be from the department of Criminology, Sociology, and Geography. By the end of the second semester the student shall submit a graduate plan to the committee for consideration, which shall indicate the courses the student plans to take to fulfill the degree requirements. At least two members of the committee must approve of the plan.
The student must write and defend a professional paper, one the student's graduate com- mittee unanimously agrees is worth of presentation at a professional conference or submission to a refereed journal. The defense shall be open to all members of the graduate faculty of the University and shall be considered both an oral and written comprehensive examination. The student must otherwise comply with all existing graduate school policy at the time of admission