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Master of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice (MS)

University of North Georgia offers a Master of Science with a major in Criminal Justice program designed for practitioners already in the field or in military service and others that are seeking to improve their credentials and knowledge base for professional advancement. 

Quick Facts

Online program
Program length 36 semester hours
Open enrollment any semester
No entrance test required
Focus international crime and justice
Courses offered on an annual rotation

Application Deadline

Fall - August 10
Spring - December 10
Summer - May 10

Types of Admissions

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
    OR
    Hold a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution AND a score not less than 143 verbal and 143 quantitative on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if    taken on or after August 1, 2011, or verbal and quantitative combined score of 800 if taken prior to August 1, 2011.
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate basic statistics course.
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate research methodology course.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores - only if the GRE is to be used as a basis for admission. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

  • Three UNG recommendation forms.
  • One-two page, single spaced letter of intent specifying the applicant's interest in the program, professional motivation to advance in the field of criminal justice, and the academic background.
  • Current professional resume.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Graduate assistants are required to have health insurance. For additional information, visit USG Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

Applicants who do not have at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures may qualify for provisional admission.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited , four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
    OR
    Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution AND a score not less than 140 verbal and 140 quantitative on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or verbal and quantitative combined score of 700 if taken prior to August 1, 2011.
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate basic statistics course.
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate research methodology course.

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first nine semester hours.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores - only if the GRE is to be used as a basis for admission. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

  • Three UNG recommendation forms.
  • One-two page, single spaced letter of intent specifying the applicant's interest in the program, professional motivation to advance in the field of criminal justice, and the academic background.
  • Current professional resume.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Graduate assistants are required to have health insurance. For additional information, visit USG Student Health Insurance Program (SHIP).

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

An applicant interested in taking graduate courses in criminal justice, but not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, may apply as a non-degree graduate student.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
    OR
    Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution AND a score not less than 143 verbal and 143 quantitative on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if taken on or after August 1, 2011, or verbal and quantitative combined score of 800 if taken prior to August 1, 2011.  Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate basic statistics course.
  • Successful completion of one undergraduate research methodology course.
  • Pre-approval from the program coordinator before enrolling in courses.

 Non-degree students

  • may register for no more than nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower in any graduate course is earned.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • must submit a new application to Graduate Admissions and meet all program admission requirements if the student later decides to pursue a MSCJ degree at UNG.

Application Steps

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions or download a paper application.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and beyond.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Paper transcripts should be mailed to Graduate Admissions.
  • Electronic transcripts should be submitted to grads@ung.edu.
  • Official transcripts are accepted directly from the issuing institution via postal mail or electronically to grads@ung.edu. Student transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions.
  • Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG will be obtained by Graduate Admissions.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores - only if the GRE is to be used as a basis for admission. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

  • Three UNG recommendation forms.
  • One-two page, single spaced letter of intent specifying the applicant's interest in the program, professional motivation to advance in the field of criminal justice, and the academic background.
  • Current professional resume.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Transient

MSCJ program does not permit transient students.

All International

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs.  The MSCJ program does not permit F-1 visa student admission.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

 

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Notice Regarding Online Offerings

In compliance with state authorization for the delivery of distance education, UNG online courses, degrees and certificate programs are not available some states. If you are not a Georgia resident, email onlineapproval@ung.edu to check program availability in your state. This email address is exclusively for questions regarding state authorization of online offerings. Other inquiries should be directed to the academic department offering the online program or to Graduate Admissions.

International applicants who must be issued an F-1 visa by UNG to enter the United States to attend school may not apply for completely online programs or part-time programs (less than nine hours fall and spring semesters).

Program Contact

Dr. Jennifer Allen, Coordinator
Jennifer.Allen@ung.edu
706-864-1904 (phone)
706-864-1874 (fax)

Occupational Outlook

The knowledge obtained in this MS program can be applied to a variety of professional fields such as public policy, foreign policy, public and national safety, and more.

Typical Work Environment
Depending on your professional focus, a graduate of this MS program could expect to work in a public or private office environment either domestically or in a foreign country. Some field work could be required.

Careers and Salaries
Below you will find the 2015 annual median pay for professions related to the MS in criminal justice program:

  • Police and Detectives: $60,270
  • Forensic Science Technicians: $56,320
  • Emergency Management Director: $67,330

Job Outlook

  • Employment of police and detectives is projected to grow 4 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of forensic science technicians is projected to grow 27 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Employment of emergency management directors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition

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