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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


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
Email: powersr@usf.edu

Website: http://www.cas.usf.edu/criminology/


Faculty Search: Behavioral and Community Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The M.A. in Criminology is a two-year major 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.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

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

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


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 for admission to the major, listed below.

  • 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)

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Major Requirements

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

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

 

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

18

CCJ 6118 (4) Introduction to Criminological Theory
CCJ 6485 (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 6638 (3) Seminar in Nature and Causes of Crime
CCJ 6624 (3) Seminar in Violence
CCJ 6668 (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 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 6638 (3) Seminar in Nature and Causes of Crime
CCJ 6624 (3) Seminar in Violence
CCJ 6669 (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

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

33

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College Degree Requirements

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

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

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

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx 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.

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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,