This program prepares students for leadership positions in the field of criminal justice. It provides a strong foundation for students who anticipate advanced study at the doctoral level. The curriculum offers criminal justice professionals a broad foundation for understanding criminal justice policy.
Legal, organizational, political and behavioral frameworks are used to analyze the operation of the U.S. criminal justice system. Students are introduced to advanced knowledge on the nature and causes of crime, the justification and means of social control, the administration of the justice system, and the evaluation of criminal justice programs.
Crime Analytics Concentration: Learn the specific analytic and methodological techniques used by crime analysts and will gain the qualifications necessary to be successful in any crime analysis position. Learn more about the Crime Analytics Concentration
All students complete a minimum of 33 graduate credits; 24 credit hours must be taken within the criminal justice program and the other 9 may be taken elsewhere in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare or in other UWM departments with the consent of the student’s advisor. Students must complete all degree requirements within seven years of enrollment. All students must take the following proseminars in each of three core areas.
In addition, all students must complete either the Master's Thesis (essay option), or the Capstone Seminar (non-essay option.)
Master's Thesis Option
Students have the option to write a thesis in their area of concentration. This option is strongly encouraged for students who are planning to go into a doctoral program. Students pursuing this option must complete 3 credits of approved research and a graduate-level statistics course. They then must pass an oral exam in defense of the essay.
Capstone Option (Non-Essay Option)
Students who do not complete the essay option are required to complete the capstone seminar course (CRM JST 920, Masters Capstone Seminar.) This seminar will integrate learning from the degree coursework. It will involve the synthesis of criminal justice theories, empirical research and program creation and implementation.
Minimum of 33 graduate credits
A grade of B or better in the following: CRM JST 743, CRM JST 756, CRM JST 773 and CRM JST 920 (if taken).
Minimum GPA of 3.0
Applicants are expected to meet the following standards:
How and when to apply
Teaching Assistant and Project Assistant positions may be available to qualified students who carry 6 or more credits. Vacancies are filled on a competitive basis and are subject to the availability of funds. Most positions require 20 hours of work weekly. Students who accept positions are considered employees of UWM and educational expenses may not be deducted from taxable income.
To be considered, a graduate applicant must send a completed Graduate Assistantship Application form to the Criminal Justice Program.
Teaching Assistantships are awarded for the academic year in the Fall. If you apply for Spring Admission, you may put in an application for the following Fall. If you wish to apply your application is due March 1 (or the next Monday if 3/1 falls on a weekend) for the following Fall semester.