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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Faculty working with Students: 12
Students: 15
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 46.67%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall January 10th
  • Spring July 1st
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
  • Spokane: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE

Degree Description:

The program is designed to develop and enhance the student’s knowledge of criminal justice; expand and develop a student’s analytical and assessment skills; and further develop their facility with oral and written communication and with research.

The program is flexible and provides a superb basis for entry into graduate work at the doctoral level or applied work in criminal justice agencies. Approximately 70% of our M.A. graduates are employed in applied settings while the balance have pursued teaching and research careers.

Admission Requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university, accredited by a recognized association.
  • An undergraduate cumulative GPA minimum of 3.0,  grade point average of at least 3.0 from the last 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours), or a graduate GPA of at least 3.30 for 12 semester credit hours at an accredited graduate school. Note, the minimum GPA to be considered for admission is a 3.0, however a 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • For students entering from a foreign university, evidence of English proficiency (i.e., Test of English as a Foreign Language) and financial resources.
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  •  Transcripts (including all colleges or universities from which you have earned or expect to earn a degree, and all colleges or universities at which you have taken graduate level course work; transcripts for coursework taken at Washington State University are not required).
  • Official GRE scores sent to the Graduate School at institution code 4705. Find test centers and datesScores must be less than five years old. The department does not have set established minimum scores required to be considered for admission.
  • Official TOEFL score (for international applicants) — www.toefl.org — or other approved test to assess English proficiency. Minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 80. Minimum acceptable IELTS score is 7.

Student Learning Outcome:

All graduates will be able to:

    1. Students earning the MA in Criminal Justice and the MA in Criminal Justice with a Certificate in Global Justice and Security will be able to demonstrate: A basic understanding of  current political, economic, cultural, and security trends in the world.
    2. Knowledge of major factors and drivers of changes in the global and domestic security and justice environments.
    3. Ability to describe, in some detail, basic policy approaches and programs relevant to diverse security challenges adopted by the USA and other countries.
    4. The methodological and analytical ability to assess the effectiveness of various policies.
    5. Detailed knowledge and understanding of specific security issues relevant to their theoretical and career interests.
    6. An ability to describe and evaluate global security and justice problems from a non- parochial and global perspective.

Student Opportunities:

Opportunities to assist with teaching and research, faculty collaboration.

Career Opportunities:

Federal law enforcement, secret service, IRS, Immigration and Customs, Homeland Security, corrections, police and corrections planning and analysis.

Career Placements:

IRS, ICE, Naval Criminal Investigations, criminal justice leadership, police chief, sheriff, lawyer.

Faculty Members:

Brody, David, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Criminal law; Criminal procedure; Administration of justice; Judicial evaluation; Judicial selection systems; Prosecution and adjudication; Law and social control; and the Jury system.

Drapela, Laurie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Probation officer discretion; Sociological impacts of prison siting; Implementation and operation of therapeutic courts; and Offending desistance trajectories among youth.

Hamilton, Zachary K, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Offender risk-needs assessment, intersection of criminal justice and public health, offender programming, and quantitative methods.

Hemmens, Craig, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Criminal Procedure; Courts; Corrections

Lutze, Faith E, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Rehabilitative nature of prison environments; Impact of ultra-masculine environments on inmate adjustment; Offender adjustment to community corrections supervision; and Violence toward women.

Makin, David Alan, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Technology and Police Practice (training, decision-making, incident management), Sustainable Technology Integration, Intelligence-Led Policing, Forensic Practice and Policy, Technology, Crime, and Criminal Justice, Technological Deviance, and Advanced Research Methodologies.

Marenin, Otwin, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

International cooperation in criminal justice and policing: programs and impacts; Security sector reform; The dynamics of crime, law and legitimacy in state building and political development.

Neuilly, Melanie-Angela, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Lethal violence; public health; medico-legal practices; mortality statistics; comparative criminal justice.

Pedneault, Amelie, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sexual offending, Situational Crime Prevention, Environmental criminology.

Stohr, Mary, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Correctional organizations; Inmate needs and assessments; Program evaluation; Green criminology.

Willits, Dale, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Policing, Violence, Criminological Theory, Data Quality

Wood, Darryl Scott, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Police and prosecutorial processing of sexual assault and domestic violence cases in rural Alaska, Police efforts to reduce illegal alcohol trafficking into Alaska Native villages.

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