A full-time graduate course load is nine hours; a part-time
graduate course load is fewer than nine hours. A fully admitted MSCJ graduate
student is able to register for any course for which special permission is not
required. Graduate courses are those at or above the 5000 level, and the
Graduate Catalog provides individual course descriptions. Prior to each term,
the class schedule is posted online.
Occasionally, a student may receive a registration error
when they attempt to enroll and will be unable to complete the registration
process. When this occurs, students should e-mail the MSCJ Director with their
N number, the name and number of the course for which they are attempting to
register, and the specific error message they are receiving. The MSCJ Director
will ascertain the nature of the problem and take steps to ensure successful
In addition to seminar-style courses, there are several
electives that engage a graduate student in one-on-one work with a faculty
member for which special permission is required. In order to participate, the
student must consult with the MSCJ Program Director the semester prior to the
one in which he/she hopes to enroll in the course. These courses require the
completion of a form and the signatures of the student, collaborating faculty
member, MSCJ Director and/or Department Chair. Forms can be acquired from the
MSCJ Director or the CCJ Department Office Manager.
Special permission MSCJ
courses include the following:
The workload in graduate courses is heavier than that of undergraduate courses. Required readings, class assignments, and written research projects are extensive and time consuming. Graduate students are expected to submit all assignments on time. Nine credit hours is full time at the graduate level. MSCJ students may not enroll in more than nine credit hours per semester without permission from the MSCJ Graduate Program Director.
Dr. David Forde
Chair & Professor
Immigration, ethnicity and crime, criminology, corrections, and program evaluation.
Punishment philosophies, deterrence theory,
rural and urban jails, jail visitation polices, elite crime
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