Criminal Justice - Master of Criminal Justice

All candidates, regardless of chosen degree option, must complete a final examination. Examination requirements vary by degree option. Please contact the director of the MCJ program or consult the Department of Criminal Justice website for details.

Thesis Option (33 Credits)

Thesis students must submit a thesis proposal to their faculty committee for approval and subsequently complete the approved thesis project. An approved thesis proposal is one wherein the thesis committee determines the student demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the nexus of theory, method, and policy as it applies to the proposed thesis project. At the discretion of the thesis committee the proposal may be considered inadequate and the student is required to revise and resubmit the thesis proposal until the committee determines the proposal is satisfactory. The final examination minimally includes a defense of the completed thesis, but may also include a general examination based upon the candidate’s program of study. The minimum coursework requirements are displayed below.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses15
Nature of Crime3
Advanced Race, Crime, and Justice3
Law and Social Control
Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice3
Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
Advanced Feminist Research Methods
Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Planning3
Master's Thesis Credits
CJUS 599Master's Thesis6
General Electives
Select 12 credits from General Electives. 112
Total Credits33

A minor is optional (contact the director of the MCJ program or consult the Department of Criminal Justice web site, https://crimjust.nmsu.edu/, for details) and may result in more than 33 total credits for the degree.

Focused Coursework Option (36 Credits)

Focused coursework students must pass a written comprehensive examination following completion of the required courses. Students not passing the examination will be required to wait until the following semester to retake the examination. The minimum course requirements are displayed below.

Prefix Title Credits
Required Courses15
Nature of Crime3
Advanced Race, Crime, and Justice3
Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice3
Research Methods in Criminal Justice3
Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Planning3
CJus Electives
Select 12 credits from electives from courses offered by the Department of Criminal Justice, to be selected in consultation with a student’s advisor. 112
General Electives/Minor
An additional 9 credits of electives, to be selected in consultation with a student’s advisor. 29
Total Credits36

A minor is optional (contact the director of the MCJ program or consult the Department of Criminal Justice web site, https://crimjust.nmsu.edu/, for details) and may result in more than 36 total credits for the degree.

Minimum Grade Requirement

Students must earn a minimum B- grade in all required core courses, excluding elective credits. This applies to both options: Thesis and Focused Coursework as well as to both programs: On-Campus (traditional) and Online.