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  Nov 20, 2017
 
 
    
Fall 2016 - Summer 2017 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Master of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice


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The University of North Georgia (UNG) offers a 36-semester-hour Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree designed for practitioners already in the field or in military service and others that are seeking to improve their credentials and knowledge base for professional advancement.  The program facilitates an academic understanding of the intricate links between political and social systems and criminal behavior.

All MSCJ program instruction is delivered online. Students may apply for admission and begin studies in the program during fall, spring, or summer semesters, as long as the student begins graduate studies within three semesters of acceptance to the program. All courses for the degree will be offered within a two-year cycle.

For additional program information, call the Coordinator, Dr. Jennifer M. Allen, of the Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice, Department of Criminal Justice, 706-864-1904, or write to the Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice, Department of Criminal Justice, 343 Hansford Hall, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001.

Graduate Studies’ Admission Procedures

Application materials may be obtained from Graduate Studies, 706-864-1543, or from the UNG website at www.ung.edu/graduate/. Applicants must pay a one-time, non-refundable application fee. Admission requirements are listed below. When all application materials have been received by Graduate Studies, notification will be sent to the applicant, and a copy of all materials will be forwarded to the program. After review, notification will be sent by mail from the MSCJ program to the applicant verifying acceptance or denial.

Students who are admitted, but do not enroll within three semesters of acceptance must reapply to the program by submitting to Graduate Studies a new application for readmission. Students who were previously enrolled but have not been in attendance within the last three semesters must also reapply to the program by submitting to Graduate Studies a new application for readmission. All documents and materials submitted become the property of the university and will not be returned.

MSCJ Admission Requirements

The following documents must be received prior to admission.

  1. Graduate Studies application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant’s course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average.
  4. Three UNG recommendation forms.
  5. One-two page, single-spaced letter of intent specifying the applicant’s interest in the program, applicant’s professional motivation to advance in the field of criminal justice, and the applicant’s academic background.
  6. Current professional resume.
  7. Proof of lawful presence in the United States, if applying for in-state tuition.

Field, military, POST or outside certifications cannot be used to meet admission requirements or as course credit.

Regular Admission

To qualify for regular admission, an individual must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures OR hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution and have a minimum Graduate Record Exam General Test (GRE) score of 143 on the verbal test and 143 on the quantitative test if the GRE was taken on or after August 1, 2011.
  2. Have completed with a grade of C or higher one undergraduate basic statistics course.
  3. Have completed with a grade of C or higher one undergraduate research methodology course.
  4. Meet all other program admission requirements.

Provisional Admission

A student may be granted provisional admission when regular admission is not granted. To qualify for provisional admission, an individual must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures OR hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution and have a minimum GRE score of 140 on the verbal test and 140 on the quantitative test if the GRE was taken on or after August 1, 2011.
  2. Have completed with a grade of C or higher one undergraduate basic statistics course.
  3. Have completed with a grade of C or higher one undergraduate research methodology course.
  4. Meet all other program admission requirements.

Students admitted provisionally may register for no more than a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit while enrolled with this status. Once nine semester hours have been completed, the student’s status will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission. A provisionally admitted student who earns a grade of C or lower in any graduate level criminal justice course taken during the provisional period will not be allowed to continue in the MSCJ program. A student who has been removed because of a deficient grade may reapply to the program after a period of three semesters from the date the student was removed by submitting to Graduate Studies a letter of appeal addressed to the MSCJ program coordinator and a new application for readmission.

Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid.

Non-Degree Admission

An individual who does not wish to pursue a degree, but who is eligible for graduate study, may take up to nine semester hours of graduate credit as a non-degree graduate student. All course work must result in a grade of B or higher. Individuals must receive pre-approval from the MSCJ program coordinator before enrolling in courses.  To qualify for non-degree admission, an individual must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Studies’ admission procedures OR hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution and have a minimum GRE score of 800 (verbal and quantitative combined) if the GRE was taken prior to August 1, 2011, or a score of 143 on the verbal test and 143 on the quantitative test if the GRE was taken on or after August 1, 2011.
  2. Have completed with a grade of C or higher one undergraduate basic statistics course.
  3. Have completed with a grade of C or higher one undergraduate research methodology course.
  4. Meet all other program admission requirements.

A non-degree admitted student who earns a grade of C or lower in any graduate course taken while holding a non-degree status will not be allowed to further enroll in coursework in the MSCJ program. A student removed because of a deficient grade may reapply to the program after a period of three semesters from the date the student was removed by submitting to Graduate Studies a letter of appeal addressed to the MSCJ program coordinator and a new application for readmission.

A non-degree student who wishes to apply for degree-seeking admission to the MSCJ program must notify the MSCJ program coordinator, submit a new application to the program to Graduate Studies, and meet all program admission requirements.  

Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

Transient Student Admission

MSCJ program does not permit transient student enrollment.

International Applicants

Because of Homeland Security guidelines, an F1 visa cannot be issued for online programs. Individuals living and working in the United States whose visa status permits graduate enrollment, may be considered for admission. Refer to the admission requirements in the Admission Requirements and Procedures section of the Graduate Catalog.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied because the graduate admission cumulative grade point average is below the minimum requirement for the program or because an acceptable test score for an appropriate entrance exam was not earned has the right to appeal the decision. An appeal must be made in written form to the Master in Science with a major in Criminal Justice, Department of Criminal Justice, 82 College Circle, University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001. The letter should clearly state the grounds for the appeal. Students whose appeals are accepted will be admitted with provisional status and must complete nine semester hours with no grade of C or lower to be considered for regular admission.

Provisional students are not eligible for financial aid. Students may not appeal for regular admission.

MSCJ Transfer Residency Requirement

To be awarded a Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice degree, students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit applicable to the degree in residence. In addition, no more than six semester hours of transfer credit may be applied toward meeting the MSCJ degree requirements. All course requirements, including transfer credit, must be completed within a six-year period. Transfer credit will not be given for any course in which a grade of C or lower was earned. To apply for transfer credit, a student must complete the transfer of graduate credit form (myUNG password required) and submit the form to the MSCJ program coordinator for approval.

MSCJ Academic Policies

Incomplete Grades

The MSCJ program adheres to the uniform grading system in the Academic Information  section of the Graduate Catalog. No student carrying two incomplete grades may enroll in additional course work without the written consent of the MSCJ program coordinator. Incompletes must be finished by the beginning of the second semester after which the incomplete was awarded. There are three semesters within the academic year – fall, spring and summer. Incompletes which are not finished by the beginning of the second semester will automatically become an F grade. No degree will be conferred on a student who has an unresolved Incomplete grade.

Repeated Courses

Students may only repeat one class one time during enrollment in the MSCJ program in order to improve a grade.

Academic Standing Policy

Graduate MSCJ students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:

Suspension — Students will be suspended for any of the following reasons:

  1. Student’s grade point average falls below a 3.0 or
  2. Student earns a grade of C or lower in any class.

    No student may be a candidate for the degree with a grade point average below a 3.0. No student may enroll in graduate courses at UNG while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will not be recognized for transfer credit.  A student may reapply to the program after a suspension period of three semesters from the date the student was removed by submitting to Graduate Studies a letter of appeal presenting a rationale for readmission addressed to the MSCJ program coordinator and a new application for readmission. The student will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean of the College of Arts & Letters and the MSCJ program coordinator.

Academic and Professional Integrity Policy

At the end of each semester, the program faculty or MSCJ program coordinator may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the program whose competency is in question for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan will be signed by the student and the MSCJ program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Department Chair of Criminal Justice and the Dean of the College of Arts & Letters.  

Academic Integrity

The University of North Georgia recognizes honesty and integrity as being necessary to the academic functioning of the university. UNG graduate students are expected to uphold the university regulations addressed in the Student Code of Conduct, Article 3, Rule 2.

Professional Integrity

The Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice program adheres to the university’s definition of professional integrity as described in the Academic Information  section of the Graduate Catalog.

MSCJ Degree Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice include:

  1. Completion of 36 semester hours (15 semester hours of core courses, 18 semester hours of electives, and three semester hours of a capstone course).
  2. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Completion of at least 30 semester hours of graduate degree requirements in residence, with no more than six semester hours of transfer credit.
  4. Completion of all degree-related course requirements, including transfer credit, within a six-year period.
  5. Good standing in the Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice program.

Plan of Study: 36 Semester Hours


* Course exists as part of the MPA program


** Courses exist as part of the MAIA program


Capstone: 3 Semester Hours


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