Criminal Justice Concentration

Master of Science Degree (MS) Major: Interdisciplinary Studies; Concentration: Criminal Justice

Faculty Contact: Dr. Godpower Okereke (903) 223-3163;

Admission Requirements

  •   Baccalaureate degree
  •   Minimum of cumulative 2.80 GPA or 2.80 GPA in last 60 hours of undergraduate degree program
  •   Three letters of academic recommendation
  •   Writing sample conducted in campus Testing Center
  •   Letter of interest with statement of goals included
  •   Resume
  •   Official scores on the GRE or MAT

Requirements must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office by the designated deadline of first semester of enrollment.

Degree Requirements

Students should refer to their DegreeWorks degree audit in their Web for Students account for more information regarding their degree requirements.

Required Courses
CJ 510Criminal Justice Ethics3
CJ 521Seminar in Policing3
CJ 547Seminar on Corrections3
CJ 570Seminar in Justice Administration3
CJ Electives
Must be taken for Graduate Credit
CJ 480Criminological Theories3
CJ 485Seminar in Criminal Justice3
2nd Area6-12
3rd Area6-12
IS 595Research Literature and Techniques3
IS 596MSIS Research Project3
Minimum Hours for Degree36

Graduate Courses in Criminal Justice

CJ 510. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 Hours.

This course is a discussion of classical ethical theories and their consideration in the administration of criminal justice. Specific attention will be paid to the application of these theories and the ethical development of criminal justice officials. Topics of discussion will include current ethical issues and their relationship to meta-ethical frameworks.

CJ 521. Seminar in Policing. 3 Hours.

This seminar will focus on problematic issues in law enforcement. In addition to long-term intransient issues, this course examines contemporary issues based on recent and ongoing events. Cross listed with CJ 421.

CJ 547. Seminar on Corrections. 3 Hours.

This course examines the field of corrections from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Course materials would include a discussion of earlier forms of punishment, evolution of modern prisons, and the concept of community-based corrections.

CJ 570. Seminar in Justice Administration. 3 Hours.

This course identifies and discusses the roles of the key players in the judicial process. Course materials would include a discussion of the prosecutor's office, selection and use of juries, selection of prosecutors and judges, plea negotiations, courtroom work groups, representation of indigent defendants and other issues pertinent to the interpretation and applications of law.

CJ 589. Independent Study. 3 Hours.

This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

IS 595. Research Literature and Techniques. 3 Hours.

This is a review of research studies produced by investigators in student's major field with emphasis on investigative and verification techniques employed. Students will demonstrate competence in using systematic research techniques by investigation and formal reporting of a problem.

IS 596. MSIS Research Project. 3 Hours.

This is an independent/directed study course wherein the student refines and completes a final project for the MSIS degree. The instructor and an outside evaluator will work with the student during the semester, with the student submitting rough drafts of the project throughout the semester. The student will be evaluated by their mentor and two additional faculty. The faculty will look for evidence that the student has mastered the learning outcomes expected in the MSIS program.


Dr. Tom Jordan

Associate Professor


Dr. Godpower Okereke