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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

Criminology (CCJ)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 45.0401
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (BC)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 33

Contact Information:
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Criminology Department (CJP)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue SOC107
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Rachael Powers
Phone: 813974-9531


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List

Program Information

The M.A. in Criminology is a two-year program designed to provide the student with an in-depth understanding of the major ideas, issues, theories, and research comprising the field of Criminology and Criminal Justice.


Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: March 1
Spring: September 30
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college.
  • An upper division GPA of 3.00 and preferred minimum scores of 153V (53rd percentile), 144Q (18th percentile) or higher on the Graduate Record Exam(GRE). All applicants must submit GRE scores taken within the preceding five years.
  • Statement of purpose detailing reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Criminology, future career plans, and research interests.
  • A professional or academic writing sample providing evidence of the candidate's scholarly abilities academic capabilities.
  • Three letters of reference speaking to the applicant's academic capabilities.

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)


Program Degree Requirements

All course work counted toward the degree must have the prior approval of the Graduate Program Director of the Department of Criminology. Such work may include up to six (6) hours outside the department.

Total Minimum Program Hours: 33 credit hours
          Core requirements: 18 hours
          Electives Non-thesis option: 15 hours
          Electives Thesis option: 9 hours
          Thesis: 6 hours







CCJ 6118 (4) Introduction to Criminological Theory
CCJ 6020 (3) Criminal Justice and Public Policy
CCJ 6704 ( 3) Research Methods in Criminology I
CCJ 6706 (4) Quantitative Analysis I
CCJ 6707 ( 3) Quantitative Analysis II
CCJ 6937 ( 1) ProSeminar in Criminology

Thesis Option

Core requirements plus the following:

Electives 9 hours
Options include:
CCJ 6601 ( ) Seminar in Nature and Causes of Crime
CCJ 6624 ( ) Seminar in Violence
CCJ 6662 ( ) Seminar in Social Inequality and Crime
CCJ 6654 ( ) Seminar in Drugs and Crime
A maximum of three hours may be directed independent study. Up to three hours may be taken in an area outside the department with the approval from the Graduate Program Director.

Thesis 6 hours (optional)
CCJ 6971 (6) Thesis: Master's

The thesis will consist of research that makes an original contribution to the scholarly literature and may be of either a quantitative or qualitative nature. An oral defense of the thesis is required after the final draft of the thesis has been accepted by the candidate's supervisory committee.

Non-Thesis Option

Core requirements plus the following:

Electives 15 hours
Options include:
CCJ 6601 (3) Seminar in Nature and Causes of Crime
CCJ 6624 (3) Seminar in Violence
CCJ 6662 (3) Seminar in Social Inequality and Crime
CCJ 6654 (3) Seminar in Drugs and Crime

A maximum of three hours may be directed Independent Study. Up to six hours may be taken in the area outside the Department with approval from the Graduate Program Director.

Comprehensive Exam






College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.


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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at Then go to the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

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New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.


Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

CCJ6118, CCJ6705, CCJ6706, CCJ6707, CCJ6050, CCJ6118, CCJ6705, CCJ6706, CCJ6707, CCJ6050, CCJ6905, CCJ6971,