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.

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
Advanced Criminal Justice Administrative Systems3
Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Planning
Master's Thesis Credits
C J 599Master's Thesis6
General Electives
Select 12 credits from General Electives. 112
Total Credits33
1

Students may not count C J 593 Internship or C J 592 Independent Research credit toward their elective requirement. No more than three total credits of C J 591 Directed Readings in Criminal Justice coursework may be used as electives; a minimum of 3 of the 12 credit general elective requirement must come from the Department of Criminal Justice.

A minor is optional (contact the director of the MCJ program or consult the Department of Criminal Justice web site, https://crimjust.nmsu.edu/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.

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
Advanced Criminal Justice Administrative Systems3
Seminar in Criminal Justice Policy Analysis and Planning
C J 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. 212
General Electives/Minor
An additional 9 credits of electives, to be selected in consultation with a student’s advisor. 39
Total Credits36
2

No more than three total credits of C J 593 Internship or C J 591 Directed Readings courses may be used as Criminal Justice electives. C J 592 Independent Research may not be used as Criminal Justice Electives for this option.

3

No more than three credits of C J 593 Internship or C J 591 Directed Readings may be used to fulfill the general elective requirement. C J 592 Independent Research may not be used as Criminal Justice Elective for this option.

A minor is optional (contact the director of the MCJ program or consult the Department of Criminal Justice web site, http://crimjust.nmsu.edu/degrees.htm, 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. This applies to both options: Thesis and Focused Coursework as well as to both programs: On-Campus (traditional) and Online.