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Program of Study

Department of Criminal Justice


 

MPA with Concentration in Criminal Justice


Admission

Students must be successfully admitted to both the MPA program and CRMJ concentration.

Program of Study

Students must complete the core and option-core elements of the MPA Degree Requirements, but may apply CRMJ program coursework as MPA elective requirements, making the degree an MPA with a criminal justice concentration. For additional information, click here.


A. All students must take the following two courses:

Survey of Criminal Justice CRMJ 5000:

Provides an overview of criminal justice theory by providing critical evaluation and discussion of research in the criminal justice field.  It will emphasize seminal works and review current research concerning the structure, function, operation, interaction of the criminal justice system’s primary components, and future trends. Offered every fall.

Public Policy and Crime CRMJ 5100:

An introduction to policy analysis and planning in the criminal justice system.  Theoretical perspectives and empirical research will be used to examine the ideologies, assumptions, and performance of crime control policies. Offered every spring.

B. Students must also enroll in three (3) hours of Internship in Criminal Justice CRMJ 5500.*

Internship. 1-6 (Max. 6). Educationally-oriented assignments for work in selected criminal justice agencies, with tutorial types of supervision. Offered S/U only. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

Internship is completed in the second year of the program. Students do not need to complete POLS 5500 in addition to this requirement.

*Professionals with adequate supervisory experience can petition this requirement and take an additional elective course instead for a total of two elective courses. See internship requirement for more information.

C. Students will select one elective course. These courses are offered on a rotating basis and include the following options.

Leadership and Management in the Criminal Justice System CRMJ 5130:

There is a clear need for managers and administrators to understand leadership and ethics. This course is designed to provide students with a foundation in the management and leadership discourse surrounding criminal justice agencies. Dual listed with CRMJ 4130.

Discrimination and the Law CRMJ 5270:

A sociological examination of specific examples of discrimination and justice within the law and the legal system. Topics routinely vary and may include race, gender, religion, cultures or sexuality. Class may be repeated for credit when topics differ. Dual listed with CRMJ 4270.

Crime Causation CRMJ 5151:

Examines the causal mechanisms that produce crime. Theoretical perspectives and empirical research from various disciplines will be evaluated, with particular emphasis placed on social factors that may cause crime. Policy implications of the different perspectives will be discussed. Dual listed with CRMJ 4151.

Comparative Criminal Justice CRMJ 5280:

Compares the incidence, trends, control, treatment and prevention of crime across nations using mainstream criminological theories. Examines criminal justice systems from an international perspective and draws lessons for the American society. Explores forms of international cooperation and difficulties in the control of transnational crimes. Dual listed with CRMJ 4280.

Prereqs: All graduate pre-reqs would be graduate standing and consent of instructor.

Social Inequality, Crime, Criminal Justice and the Law CRMJ 5860:

Provides an in-depth look at social inequality and its impact on crime, criminal justice, and the law. Particular emphasis will be given to the individual and interactive effects of race, class, and gender inequality. Critical theoretical perspectives that promote social justice will be the primary analytical focus. Dual listed with CRMJ 4860.

Prereqs: Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.

Graduation

All Graduate Faculty Regulations will apply to all the courses in the MPA/CRMJ degree Program of Study and students will be required to finish the same graduation requirements as all other graduate students.

Degree Conferral

One degree will be posted and one diploma awarded.


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Phone: 307-766-2988

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Email: crmj@uwyo.edu

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