Criminal Justice Graduate Student Handbook

Registration, Enrollment and Graduation

Registration


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 registration.


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:

  • CCJ 6906 - Directed Independent Study: Requires signature of collaborating faculty member and Department Chair along with a written proposal. This course is an independent study of a narrow issue in criminal justice directed by a faculty member specializing in that area or topic.

     
  • CCJ 5743 – Supervised Research in Criminal Justice: Requires signature of MSCJ Director and collaborating faculty member. Under the direction of a faculty member the graduate student will explore major elements of criminology and criminal justice research, including initial planning and preparation, literature review, data collection and analysis, interpretation of findings, and report writing. The student will also learn the procedures for developing scholarly research for publication.

     
  • CCJ 6944 - Supervised Teaching Experience in Criminal Justice: Requires signature of MSCJ Director and collaborating faculty member. This course provides graduate students with a structured exposure to all the elements of college teaching within the parameters of assisting with a criminology and criminal justice undergraduate course being taught by a full-time faculty member. The intent is to prepare qualified persons for college teaching in criminal justice. Under the direction of faculty, the student participates in the planning, research, preparation, presentation, and examination aspects of the course. This includes attendance at all class meetings and at least three stand-alone presentations/lectures of the course material.


Graduate GPA


The graduate GPA includes all graduate credits taken once the student has been accepted as a degree-seeking graduate student. This includes graduate credits taken as a post-baccalaureate student, even before official admission to graduate program, when those credits are used to fulfill degree requirements. Graduate credits taken as a post-baccalaureate student, when those hours are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements, are not counted in the construction of the graduate GPA. Undergraduate credits, no matter when they are taken, are not counted in the graduate GPA; nor are transfer credits.

Good Academic Standing 

A graduate student who has a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered to be in good academic standing. A graduate student must have a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for graduation and the award of a graduate degree. Graduate students who hold assistantships and fellowships are expected to be in good academic standing.

 

In addition to remaining in good academic standing, MSCJ students are required to earn a "B" or higher in all MSCJ courses in order to get receive credit for the course toward graduation. If a student earns a grade lower than a "B" in a core course, the student must retake the course ans earn a "B" or higher. If a student earns a grade lower than a "B" in an elective course, the student may retake the same elective course and earn a "B" or higher; or take a different elective course and earn a "B" or higher. Only courses where a student has earned a "B" or higher will count toward program completion.   

Academic Probation 

A graduate student who fails to maintain a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of at least 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Probation shall be noted on the academic transcript for each term in which the cumulative UNF graduate GPA is below 3.0.

Academic Suspension and Dismissal 

(1) If, while a graduate student is on probation, the cumulative UNF graduate GPA does not reach 3.0 in the next academic term, the student is eligible for suspension or dismissal from the program. (2) If, while a graduate student is on probation, he or she earns a “D” or an “F” in a graduate course in his or her program of study, the student is eligible for suspension or dismissal from the program. The decision concerning whether the student is actually placed on academic suspension rests with the MSCJ Director and the Graduate Committee. Academic suspension is noted on the academic transcript. A graduate student may not register for courses while on academic suspension. The decision to release the student from academic suspension rests with the MSCJ Director and Graduate Committee.


Decisions made by graduate program directors and/or graduate program committees may be appealed by graduate students; such appeals are made via written letter to the Graduate Committee. The letter must present the reasons as to why the student requests re-consideration of the original decision. 



Graduate Transfer Credit Policy


The residency requirement at UNF is 24 credit hours, 18 of which must be taken at the 6000 level. No student may earn a UNF graduate degree without 24 hours of UNF graduate course credit. It is also required that students earn a majority of credits toward their degrees at UNF.

Applying for Graduation


During the semester that students realistically anticipate that they will complete their Exit Requirement, they must register for graduation. The easiest and most convenient way to apply is online in the Student Records section of myWings Student Self Service. The online application is available from final exam week the preceding semester through the posted application deadline, generally the third Friday of the semester. Failure to apply by the deadline may affect your ability to graduate that term and will result in a delay of your diploma.