Master of Criminal Justice

Dr. Linda Keena Interim Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Linda Keena
Interim Graduate Program Coordinator

The Master of Criminal Justice degree program at the University of Mississippi is designed to provide people with skills and knowledge to either start a criminal justice career or enhance a current criminal justice career. The field of criminal justice is continually changing and becoming more complex, and these changes are creating a greater demand for educated professionals who understand complex issues and problems and who can adapt to an ever-changing world.

The Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program is based on the principle that students need skills and experiences in the areas of critical thinking, scholarly research, analysis, communication, and ethical thinking. It is a challenging and rewarding program which can lead to a wide range of employment opportunities with criminal justice and related agencies at the local, county, state, and federal government, as well as within the private sector. It also provides an excellent way for current criminal justice professionals to obtain the knowledge, skills, and experiences to assist in promotional opportunities. Additionally, the program provides individuals with a rigorous education to pursue a doctoral degree. Simply, the MCJ degree allows individuals to gain a deeper and greater understanding of the criminal justice discipline.

Programs of Study

There are two emphasis of study within the Master of Criminal Justice program at The University of Mississippi. Students are able to choose between Criminal Justice or Homeland Security.

Core Courses

CJ 500                                        Criminal Justice Administration                                           (3 hours)

CJ 635                                        Criminal Justice Research Methods                                    (3 hours)

CJ 645                                        Criminal & Intelligence Analysis                                          (3 hours)

CJ 655                                        Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis                                    (3 hours)

Note: All Students are required to take the “core” courses.

Criminal Justice Emphasis

CJ 615                                          Transnational Organized Crime                                        (3 hours)

CJ 620                                          Criminal Justice in American Society                                (3 hours)

CJ 625                                          Criminal Justice Theory                                                    (3 hours)

CJ 640                                          Legal Issues in Criminal Justice                                        (3 hours)

CJ 660                                          Operational & Staff Planning                                            (3 hours)

Note: Students must complete a minimum of three courses from the emphasis.

 Homeland Security Emphasis

CJ 510                                          Emergency Management                                                 (3 hours)

CJ 610                                          Homeland Security Operations                                        (3 hours)

CJ 615                                          Transnational Organized Crime                                       (3 hours)

CJ 650                                          Terrorism & Homeland Security                                        (3 hours)

CJ 665                                          Transportation & Border Security                                     (3 hours)

CJ 670                                          Intelligence & Homeland Security                                     (3 hours)

Note: Students must complete a minimum of three courses from the emphasis.


CJ 675                                        Topics in Judicial Administration                                        (3 hours)

CJ 685*                                       Special Topics in Justice Studies                                      (3 hours)

CJ 695**                                      Independent Study                                                           (3 hours)

*May be taken 4 times with a different topic each time

**May be taken for a maximum of 6 hours with a different topic and with permission from Department Chair & Graduate Program Coordinator

Capstone Program Options

Option 1:  Criminal Justice Practicum ( CJ690; 6 hours) and requires successful completion of an Oral Examination

Option 2:  Thesis  (CJ695; 6 hours) and  requires successful completion of an Oral Examination

Option 3:  Non-Thesis  Requires an additional 6 hours of coursework and successful completion of the Comprehensive Written Exit Examination

Note: Students must complete one of the capstone program options