Department of Sociology and Criminology
Pafford 240 • 678-839-6505
J. Fuller, J. McCandless (Chair)
L. Holland, D. Jenks (Director of Graduate Studies), P. Luken, C. Williams
P. Hunt, C. Jenks, M. Johnson, R. Lemke, T. Matthews, N. Noori, C. Sawtell.
The Master of Arts degree in Criminology is offered by the Department of Sociology and Criminology with two tracts: a Criminal Justice Administration tract and a Crime and Social Justice tract. The program leading to the Master of Arts in Criminology, Criminal Justice Administration track, addresses issues of crime and criminal justice within a framework that emphasizes theory and research and their implications for criminal justice policy and practice. The Crime and Social Justice track trains students in understanding and applying theory and research in academic settings, with an emphasis on preparing students for doctoral work. Both curricula are grounded in the social, behavioral and natural sciences. The Master of Arts in Criminology is designed to provide the background necessary for administrative, practice, and research positions in criminal justice, and to prepare students for doctoral study in criminology and related fields. The department recognizes the value of diverse methodological and theoretical approaches and encourages their complementary use and integration. The Criminology program is widely conceived to include not only the study of crime and the social reaction to crime, but also the areas of crime and justice that traditionally make up the disciplines of criminology and legal studies. The faculty members who specialize in criminology represent broad and varied backgrounds in working with the criminal justice system, dealing with offenders and victims, and conducting research on a wide range of criminal justice issues.
For admission to the program, a student is expected to have a degree in criminology or another social or behavioral science. Students can, however, be admitted without such a degree, and where necessary, the department could stipulate that selected undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses be completed to compensate for their deficiencies. In addition to fulfilling the requirements for admission to the Graduate School, admission requirements for regular status include:
- minimum 2.50 overall GPA
- submission of official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (see Graduate School admission guidelines for score requirements),
- 750 - word intellectual autobiography that includes reasons for seeking a Master's degree in Criminology
The Master's program offers the following areas of concentration: Criminal Justice Administration and Social Justice. Both concentrations require a core of four courses: CRIM 6000, CRIM 6010, CRIM 6013, and CRIM 6015. Any student not having successfully completed an undergraduate methods course must enroll in SOCI 5000 prior to enrolling in the core courses listed above. All concentrations have a list of approved courses for completion of the degree and substitution can be made with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Students accepted into the program may choose either Track 1(Thesis) or Track 2 (Comprehensive Exam). Under Track 1, a student must complete a minimum of 30 hours of course work and 6 hours of thesis. Under Track 2, a student must complete a minimum of 36 hours of course work and a comprehensive exam is required. In addition to either plan, a student must satisfy the Graduate School's foreign language requirement. SOCI 5003 may be used to satisfy this requirement, but cannot be used simultaneously to satisfy the core.