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Master of Professional Studies in Criminal Justice

Many professionals like you are eager to take on a leadership role or take their careers to the next level, but the responsibilities of a full-time career and other obligations (to their families and/or communities) make it hard to fully commit to furthering their education.

Recognizing that life's demands often make it hard to return to school, FHSU designed the Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Criminal Justice program so you can earn a graduate degree while managing your career.

The MPS is a fully accredited, interdisciplinary program that requires 30 credit hours. All justice studies courses are also available online through the Virtual College.

Application Deadlines
Spring-November 1
Fall-April 1

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Admissions Requirements

Meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 on your last 60 undergraduate credit hours

  • Submit an application for admission
  • Submit an official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate courses using our Transcript Request Form (PDF)
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a personal statement
  • Submit the application fee

Master of Professional Studies, Concentration in Criminal Justice

Program of Study Summary
MPS Core Curriculum: 9 Credit Hours
Major Concentration: 9 Credit Hours
Major Electives: 9 Credit Hours
Culminating Experience: 3 Credit Hours
TOTAL : 30 Credit Hours

Core Curriculum (9 Credit Hours)

  • CRJ 815 Contemporary Criminological Theory (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 820 Advanced Criminal Justice Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 621 Advanced Sociological Research (3 Credit Hours)

Major Concentration (9 Credit Hours)

  • CRJ 810 Criminal Justice Organizational Structures (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 855 Situational Ethics (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 830 Advanced Administrative Practices (3 Credit Hours)

Major Electives (9 Credit Hours)
Choose three:

  • CRJ 600 Internship in Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 605 Workplace Violence (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 650 Justice in Modern Cinema (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 660 Classic Readings (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 665 Corporate Crime (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 680 Profiles of Evil (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 675 Seminar in Justice Studies (3 Credit Hours)

With approval from your advisor, you may take selected Political Science, Information Networking and Telecommunications, Leadership Studies, Psychology, and Sociology courses within your area of concentration.

Culminating Experience
In your last semester, you'll complete a research project, individualized project, or thesis as a capstone to your curriculum. Prior to beginning the culminating experience, you'll meet with your advisor to choose the option that best suits your personal and professional goals. All options are subject to approval or disapproval as required to meet the academic rigor for graduate study.

  • CRJ 885 Advanced Research Project (3 Credit Hours)
  • IDS 820 Projects in Liberal or Professional Studies (3 Credit Hours)

Comprehensive Examination
During your last semester, you'll take a comprehensive examination. The exam consists of questions that address a broad area of the criminal justice system. You'll have twenty four hours to take the exam, which typically requires 20-25 written pages.

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