CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Objectives of the Program
The Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice (MCCJ) is a program designed to produce quality-based and critically-oriented scholars in criminology and criminal justice with an in-depth knowledge of the functioning of the criminal justice system. The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program is interdisciplinary and seeks qualified students with baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice and other disciplines as well as professionals in the field who desire to further their degrees in criminal justice. The program also prepares students for doctoral work in the discipline. Graduate education in Criminal Justice at UMES, the only such program on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, will be useful to criminal justice agencies in the state. Graduate education in the discipline has become the generally sought academic experience for optimum performance within the criminal justice system.
The major objectives of the Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice are to:
1. Enhance students’ knowledge in criminology and criminal justice with the potentialities and opportunities for doctoral work and advancement of this body of knowledge;
2. Provide students with the skills to engage in original and independent scholarly research in criminology and criminal justice;
3. Enhance students’ capacity to critically evaluate the criminal justice system and to hold management and research positions in the public and private sectors;
4. Increase students’ knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research in criminology and criminal justice and provide them with the necessary skills to be effective researchers, program evaluators, consultants in the field, and users of existing criminological research data;
5. Assure that students acquire an understanding of an integrative minority perspective in criminological thought;
6. Increase students’ knowledge and appreciation of various theoretical explanations of criminal behavior.
Description of the Program
All Master’s degree students are required to take five core courses (MCCJ 600, 620, 625, 631, 640). A grade of “B” (3.0) or better must be achieved in each core course. Each Master of Science degree student may specialize in one concentration area. These include Criminology and Research (CR), Law Enforcement and Courts (LEC), and Corrections and Delinquency Prevention (CDP). The Master of Science degree is granted upon completion of one of two program options:
Thesis Option – The thesis option require the successful completion of twenty-four (24) semester hours of course work and a minimum of six (6) hours of credit on an original thesis. This research-oriented option of thirty (30) credit hours is designed for students who anticipate pursuing their academic career to the doctoral level. Students electing this option must form a thesis committee. A minimum committee consists of a major professor and two additional faculty members, all of whom must be a UMES graduate faculty member. The major professor and one member of the thesis committee should be selected from the Department of Criminal Justice Faculty. The third committee member must be selected from campus approved graduate faculty. A successful oral defense of the thesis is required. Students are encouraged to review the department’s Comprehensive Examination-Thesis Policy prior to beginning work on the thesis.
Course Work Option – The course work option requires that the student completes thirty-six (36) credit hours of course work. This option does not require completion of a major paper.
Structure of the Program
Core courses include the following:
MCCJ 600 Proseminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
MCCJ 620 Theoretical Perspectives on Crime and Justice (3 credits)
MCCJ 625 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
MCCJ 631 Applied Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
MCCJ 640 Minorities, Crime, and Justice (3 credits)
Areas of concentration include:
Criminology and Research – CR
Law Enforcement and Courts – LEC
Corrections and Delinquency Prevention - CDP
Minimum of 30 credit hours:
Core courses 15
Concentration courses 6
Non-Thesis Option (Course Work)
Minimum of 36 credit hours:
Core courses 15
Concentration courses 18
Graduate Student Responsibility (Thesis Option)
Each student will select a major professor according to his/her area of concentration. Major professors must be selected from the faculty of the Criminal Justice Department who are associate/regular members of the UMES Graduate Faculty The student, in consultation with his/her major professor, selects the Thesis Committee. The committee includes a major professor from the Department of Criminal Justice and two other faculty members, one of whom must come from the Criminal Justice Department. A student may select an associate or regular member of the Graduate Faculty from another discipline.
Thesis option graduate students are responsible for all aspects of the preparation of the thesis, including the following:
1. Subject matter and content
2. Organization and format;
3. Editorial, linguistic and bibliographic quality;
4. Quality of text, illustrations and duplication;
5. Quality of data, evidence and logical reasoning presented;
6. Proper processing and submission of final copies of the document to the Graduate School.
The Student’s Thesis Advisory Committee’s Responsibility
The chair and to a lesser extent, the other members of the advisory committee, are responsible for the following aspects of the thesis and the related or associated research experience:
1. Approval of the subject matter and methodology of the thesis research;
2. Approval of the organization, content and format of the thesis;
3. Review of and comment on drafts of various aspects of the thesis;
4. Evaluation of the thesis as a basis for certification that the student has fulfilled the degree requirements;
5. Encouragement of and advice to the student on review of manuscripts based on the thesis research for publication in scholarly journals.
Admissions Requirements and Guidelines
All requirements of the university, as set forth in the catalog, must be met prior to admission into the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program.
The Regular Admission criteria are:
1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited 4-year college or university, or the equivalent from a foreign country.
2. A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on undergraduate coursework.
3. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) [general test] with a combined score of 1000 or above on both quantitative and verbal scores.
4. Three letters of recommendation from persons capable of adequately assessing the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
5. An interview by the admissions committee.
Applicants who fail to meet any of the above requirements may be admitted on a provisional basis. Provisional admission consideration will be based on fulfillment of all the following:
1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate coursework.
2. Registration will not be allowed for more than 9 credit hours in the first semester in the program, and a minimum grade of “B” in all courses must be maintained.
3. Three letters of recommendation from persons capable of adequately assessing the applicant’s potential for success in the program.
4. Successful completion of the GRE (general test) within the timeframe presented in the Department’s Graduate Program Policy and Procedures document.
Fall Semester – April 15
Spring Semester – October 30
Summer Sessions – April 15
Academic Probation, Suspension and Dismissal Policies
Academic probation follows the policy of the Graduate School as set forth in this catalog.
The Department’s policy on academic suspension for this program is that a student may be suspended from the program if he/she:
A. Made two “C grades or
B. Has a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0
Removal of Academic Suspension is as follows. A suspended student may be conditionally readmitted after:
A. Sitting out for one calendar year and
B. Retaking the GRE test.
The Department’s policy on academic dismissal from this program is that a student shall be dismissed from the program if he/she:
A. Made three grades of “C” or less in one semester, or
B. Made two “C” grades in one semester while in Provisional Admission status.
Non Degree-Seeking Registration
A student who has not been formally admitted into the Criminal Justice Graduate program may be allowed to take no more than six (6) credit hours of classes per semester as a non-degree seeking student. Such grades earned will not in any way count toward qualifying conditions for admission into the program. Non -degree seeking students are admitted by the Graduate School and follow the policy for the Advanced Special status student set forth in this catalog.
Retention and Exit Requirements
All students, regardless of area of concentration or program option chosen, must maintain a cumulative 3.0 or better grade point average, complete degree requirements in five (5) years or less, and successfully pass a written comprehensive examination. The written comprehensive examination may be attempted a maximum of two times. Comprehensive examinations are given each October and April. The Department of Criminal Justice’s Comprehensive Examination Procedures will govern the conduct of the examination.
The Criminology and Criminal Justice Program acknowledges the correlation between theory and research on the one hand and practical application on the other. The program strongly invites criminal justice practitioners and other professionals to enroll in the program. The overall objective is to prepare practitioners for advanced administrative positions in criminal justice and other related agencies. Students may elect to complete the program requirements for graduation on either a full-time or part-time basis (there is a five-year admission limit to complete the program). The program courses will to the extent possible be offered in the evenings in order to accommodate employed practitioners. Courses may also be offered on weekends.
UMES recognizes the high cost of education and makes every effort to offer financial assistance, through a variety of programs, to qualified students. In addition, federal loans are available to graduate students through the university’s financial aid office. For additional information about loans and other sources of aid, contact the Financial Aid Office.
Faculty of the Department of Criminal Justice
The Department of Criminal Justice is interdisciplinary with faculty holding advanced degrees in various disciplines, including law, sociology, public administration, and criminology. All resident faculties in the department are expected to teach in both the graduate and the undergraduate program. All faculty members, except adjunct lecturers, provide student counseling and serve as advisors to students in the department.
DESCRIPTION OF COURSES
(NOTE: Credit Hours are denoted in parentheses)
MCCJ 600 Proseminar in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
This course is designed as an in-depth analysis of criminological issues and components of the criminal justice system for students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds. It employs an integrated systems approach toward thinking about crime and its causes and covers the history of criminological thought as well as multidisciplinary attempts at crime explanation.
MCCJ 620 Theoretical Perspective on Crime and Justice (3)
This course is a survey of criminological theories with emphasis on crime, causation and justice. Included are sociological, economic, geographic, and political theories of law formation and law breaking; development of physiological, genetic, psychological, and psychiatric perspectives of criminal behavior; and the relationship between theory and policy.
MCCJ 625 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
This course provides an introduction to the research methodology used in studying crime and criminological issues. This course includes an integrated statistics/SPSS component.
MCCJ 631 Applied Statistics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3)
This is an advanced applied social statistics course with computer applications, using examples from criminological issues and crime-related data. Statistical procedures to be studied – descriptive and inferential statistics and linear regression techniques - are those typically used to analyze data to understand and explain criminological issues. Prerequisite: graduate or undergraduate introduction to statistics course.
MCCJ 640 Minorities, Crime and Justice (3)
This course considers the relationships among race, ethnicity, and crime in the justice system. The effect of social policy on racial and ethnic inequality is studied, and theories of ethnic and racial justice are presented in terms of their effect on crime and criminal justice.
(NOTE: Courses for different areas of concentrations are designated as follows: CR – Criminology and Research, LEC = Law Enforcement and Courts, and CDP = Corrections and Delinquency Prevention)
MCCJ 642Women, Crime, and Justice (3) CR
This course explores theories of gender, society and their relationship to crime. Empirical knowledge of causal theories will be used to explore reasons for female involvement in the criminal justice system. An exploration of the meaning and application of justice for women is also included.
MCCJ 644 Organized Crime (3) CR; LEC
This course provides the student with both an historical and contemporary analysis of organized crime and the fight against organized crime in the United States. The course considers factors that led to the rise of organized crime in the United States at the turn of the 20th Century and how those factors continue to influence organized crime today. It also considers multiple theories of organized crime and explores many of the methods used by law enforcement to curtail/eliminate organized crime.
MCCJ 646 Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) CR; LEC; CDP
This course analyzes current research and policy issues of priority from a range of perspectives in criminology and criminal justice. The focus of course is on specific research expertise of the faculty and the importance of justice issues.
MCCJ 648 Criminal Justice Administrations (3)
This course acquaints students with a basic understanding of organizational/administrative theory and behavior and their assumptions. The course will explore administrative theories within a criminal justice context as students learn the impact of organizational structure, environment, and behavior on such issues as leadership, control, and decision making.
MCCJ 650 Private and Industrial Security (3) CR; LEC; CDP
This course deals with historical, philosophical, and modern perspectives of private and industrial security – survey of its principles, its legal authority and its effects on society in general.Included in the course are institutional security, challenges of violence in the workforce, industrial and retail security, various forms of preventing losses, and risk management.
MCCJ 652 Survey of the Correctional Field (3)
This course examines the dynamics of American correctional techniques and rationale from the 1700’s to date. It familiarizes students with the history, philosophy, and evolution of correctional practice in America.
MCCJ 654 History of African American Criminological Thought (3) CR; LEC; CDP
This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge of and an understanding of African American perspectives on criminology and criminal issues. The course is intended to give graduate students perspectives that are often omitted from mainstream undergraduate criminal justice curriculums. The materials used in this course are relatively broad covering both historical and contemporary African American thought. The perspectives considered have analyzed the issues with an emphasis on how they impact and are impacted by race.
MCCJ 656 Law Enforcement (3) LEC; CDP
This course analyzes the problems, practices, and philosophies of law enforcement in contemporary society. It gives special attention to particular areas, such as personnel selection, police-community relations, crisis intervention, patrol intervention, police brutality, and criminal profiling.
MCCJ 658 Law and Courts (3) LEC; CDP
This course considers the definitions and development of criminal law, criminal procedure, criminal rights, and constitutional theory and practice. It also examines the structure, functions, and operations of the courts, with special emphasis on principles of legality as provided by the United States constitution.
MCCJ 659 Theories of Juvenile Delinquency (3)
This course examines theories of juvenile delinquency, environmental influences on juvenile offenders, their control, and corrections of the juvenile offender. It will investigate the special formsof justice applied to non-adults by arrest, detention, adjudication and juvenile corrections.
MCCJ 700 Public Policy in Criminal Justice System (3) CR; LEC; CDP
This course examines the assumptions, context, and environment for the formulation and implementation of public policy. The issues of morality and politics will provide a subtext for discussion and analysis of contemporary public policy. There will also be a discussion and identification of stakeholders.
MCCJ 710 Law and Social Control (3) CR: LEC; CDP
Select topics in Law and Social Control are examined in this course. Topics, which may vary from semester to semester, include mental illness and the law, individual rights and public welfare, comparative criminal law and procedure, sanction law and public order, authority and power, and indirect social control in criminal justice.
MCCJ 720 Seminar in Community Policing (3)LEC
This course focuses on the problems and practices of contemporary law enforcement and uses current scholarship to understand police-community relations.
MCCJ 730 Seminars in Terrorism (3)
This course is a review of historical and contemporary knowledge on the many terrorism-crime relationships. It includes a survey of the literature that examines patterns of terrorism, domestic, global, and technological terrorism and a review of articles that examine theories, causes, ideology, typologies, security problems, media, structure, and issues in counterterrorism.
MCCJ 734 Directed Individual Study(1-6)CR; LEC; CDP
This course involves study under the supervision and guidance of a faculty member
MCCJ 740 Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (3) CR; LEC; CDP
This course examines criminal justice institutions comparatively in several countries. The purpose will be to describe the variety of criminal justice experience, to understand the determinants of these variations, and to enhance the understanding of what works, what doesn’t, and why in the criminal justice system.
MCCJ 750 Seminar in Probation and Parole (3) CDP
This course is an in-depth examination of selected areas within the broader field of corrections. Specific attention will be paid to analysis of theories and practice of probation and parole, responses of paroling authorities to public pressures, and court controls and their implications for rehabilitative efforts. It assesses the feasibility and effectiveness of treatment of individuals under sentence in the community.
MCCJ 760 Qualitative Methods in Criminology (3) CR; LEC; CDP
This course is an examination of ethnographic and qualitative field methods and their application to problems of crime and criminal justice. It is focused on familiarizing students with the nature and utility of qualitative fieldwork in various areas of criminological research.
MCCJ 770 White Collar and Governmental Crimes (3) CR; LED; CDP
Special topics in White Collar and Governmental Crimes are examined in this course from a criminological perspective. White collar crimes and government crimes include fraud, embezzlement, price-fixing, antitrust violations, income tax evasion, misuse of public funds, and abuse of political and legal powers.
MCCJ 780 Seminar in Criminological Theory and Research (3) CR
This course is an exploration of the etiology of crime, theory development and crime causation. Emphasis will be place on theoretical perspectives, research, and ideological dialectics. Bio-criminology, employing an integrated systems approach, will also be examined.
MCCJ 782 Advanced Seminar in Police and Society (3) CR; CDP
This course is a survey of literature examining historical and current issues and problems in policing with emphasis on the legal aspects of law enforcement.
MCCJ 786 Internship in Criminal Justice (1-3)CR; LEC; CDP
This course involves firsthand experience in the day-to-day operation of a criminal justice program under the guidance and supervision of a faculty member and a practitioner in the field.
MCCJ 790 Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0)(s/u grade only)
This course is required of all students involved in the Master of Science program with the consent of the major professor. Students must be registered for at least one class when taking the comprehensive examination.
MCCJ 799 Master’s Thesis (1-6) CR; LEC; CDP
This course is required of all students involved in preparation, data collection, and writing of the Master of Science (M.S.) thesis.
For further information on this program, please contact:
Dr. D. Ignasias, Interim Chair
Department of Criminal Justice
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Princess Anne, MD 21853