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Admission to the program is temporarily suspended and will resume by fall 2013 contingent on university approval procedures.

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Sociology

215 Merrill Hall
Tel: 330-672-2562


The Master of Arts in Justice Studies prepares students for staff and administrative careers in fields related to the prevention, treatment and control of crime and delinquency. It also offers opportunities for agency personnel to broaden their education and upgrade their skills. An important purpose of the program is preparation for advanced study at the doctoral level.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript(s), 3.2 GPA, GRE, goal statement and three letters of recommendation (preferably academic).

Graduation Requirements

Requirements for the degree are 33 semester hours. These requirements include 15 hours of required core courses, 12 hours of electives, and 6 hours of thesis, internship and research paper, or an additional course and research.

Thesis/ Dissertation

Students have three options for the final culminating research requirement. The first option is the thesis requirement. The second option is an internship and research paper. The third option is to complete one additional elective course and write a research paper.

If a student chooses the thesis option, the thesis topic must be approved by the student’s thesis committee. A completed thesis must show evidence of original research and meet the standards set by the university.

If a student chooses the internship and research option, the internship arrangements can be made with a wide variety of juvenile and adult federal, state and county justice agencies. Students must also write a monograph over the internship experience. In addition to the internship, the student must complete an original research paper and oral examination on the research paper.

If a student chooses the additional elective course and research paper, the student can select any 60000-level course, except JUS 66796 Individual Investigation. The student must also complete an original research paper and oral examination on the research paper.