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Graduate Program (M.S. Degree)

Time to Completion                                                        

The time required to complete the M.S. degree in Criminal Justice varies largely on the number of credit hours students take in a given semester, and on whether they elect to complete a comprehensive exam or thesis (the thesis can take longer, depending on the amount of time students can devote to the project). Most students complete the program in 18-24 months; however, highly motivated and capable students who take heavy course loads can complete the program in 12 months (e.g., across the Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions). 

Examples of academic plans for completing the degree in an accelerated (12 month) period are shown below:

Accelerated Comprehensive Exam Track

Fall semester (13 credit hours)

                  CJUS 6102: Research in Criminal Justice I (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6104: Criminal Justice and Social Control (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6105: Criminal Justice Seminar (1 hour)

                  Elective course (3 hours)

                  Elective course (3 hours)

 

Spring semester (12 credit hours)

                  CJUS 6100: Criminal Justice Policy (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6101: The Nature and Theory of Crime (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6103: Research in Criminal Justice II (3 hours)

                  Elective course (3 hours)

 

Summer session (6 credit hours) + Comprehensive Exam

                  Elective course

                  Elective course

 

Accelerated Thesis Track

Fall semester (13 credit hours)

                  CJUS 6102: Research in Criminal Justice I (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6104: Criminal Justice and Social Control (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6105: Criminal Justice Seminar (1 hour)

                  CJUS 6800: Directed Independent Study, to develop thesis topic (3 hours)

                  Elective course (3 hours)

Spring semester (12 credit hours)

                  CJUS 6100: Criminal Justice Policy (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6101: The Nature and Theory of Crime (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6103: Research in Criminal Justice II (3 hours)

                  CJUS 6901: Thesis I (3 hours)

Summer session (6 credit hours) + Thesis Defense

                  CJUS 6902: Thesis II

                 

UNC Charlotte undergraduates who apply for and are accepted into the early entry program can complete up to 6 graduate credits as an undergraduate, and then have those credits “double count” toward the completion of both the undergraduate degree and the M.S. degree. This can shorten the time required to complete the program.