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Course Requirements

The Master of Criminal Justice degree requires the completion of 36 semester hours. A minimum GPA of 3.0 for all courses is required for graduation.

Students in a catalog year prior to the 23-24 catalog year shown below have a slightly different curriculum (consisting of 9 credit hours of core courses and 27 credit hours of elective courses). Students are encouraged to reach out to the MCJ Director Mckenzie Wood ( for clarification about their catalog year and curriculum requirements.

Required Core Courses (15 credit hours)

You must receive a grade of "B-" or better in each core course. Any core course in which you receive a grade lower than a "B-" must be retaken.

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

The remaining 21 semester hours will be selected from elective courses of interest to you. You are allowed to receive one "C" grade in any of your elective courses. All remaining elective courses must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better. Also, students are limited to a combined total of 6 semester hours for all trip, workshop, or conference related courses and 3 semester hours for directed readings. Any courses taken beyond the 6 semester hour or 3 semester hour limits will not count towards graduation.