Legal Studies

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

MCJ FAQ: Program Questions

What can I do with a Master of Criminal Justice?

After completing our 36-hour Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Pursue a doctoral program.
  • Secure employment with criminal justice and related agencies at the local, county, state, and federal government.
  • Secure employment with criminal justice and related companies within the private sector.
  • Pursue teaching opportunities.
  • Pursue promotional opportunities.

What coursework is required?

The MCJ is a 36 graduate-hour program.  All students complete twelve credit hours of core (required) classes:

  • CJ600 (Criminal Justice Administration) offered during fall semesters
  • CJ635 (Criminal Justice Research Methods) offered during spring semesters
  • CJ645 (Criminal and Intelligence Analysis) offered during spring semesters
  • CJ655 (Criminal Justice Statistical Analysis) offered during fall semesters

Students must select three courses (9 credit hours) from either the criminal justice emphasis or the homeland security emphasis. The student selects remaining coursework for a variety of elective courses, after consulting the academic advisor.

Do I have to write a thesis to get my degree?

No, not all students who graduate with a Master of Criminal Justice from The University of Mississippi will research and write an independent thesis. In order to complete your degree requirements, you will select one of three capstone options:

  1. Thesis (6 credit hours) and passing an oral comprehensive examination;
  2. Practicum (6 credit hours); and passing an oral comprehensive examination, or
  3. Non-thesis (6 credit hours consisting of two additional course) and passing of a written comprehensive examination.