The University of Texas at Arlington Graduate Catalog 2004-2006 Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Thesis, Thesis Substitute and Non-Thesis
Alejandro del Carmen
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Bing, del Carmen, Polk
Ahmad, Dobbs, Stickels
The program leading to the MA degree in criminology and criminal justice offers a comprehensive examination of the criminal justice system, an exploration of deviant behavior, a foundation in research and statistics, and an opportunity to explore other relevant topics of interest to the student.
It is designed for:
To meet these objectives, and to develop a broadly-educated student, the program offers several options.
The coursework (non-thesis) option is generally recommended for students who do not intend to pursue doctoral-level studies. Pre-professional students may be expected to include the practicum in their course of study or, alternately, to select the thesis-substitute option. That option, too, requires an internship/practicum (professional or pre-professional work experience in an appropriate setting), but also requires a subsequent thesis-level internship report.
The thesis option is generally recommended for students wishing to pursue doctoral level studies. For those without professional experience in the field, however, the thesis-substitute may be a desirable alternative.
With the approval of the Graduate Advisor, students may also use their elective hours to concentrate on a particular field of study, such as sociology or political science, or on a multidisciplinary approach to a particular focus, such as administration or research.
The MA degree in criminology and criminal justice requires a minimum of 36 semester hours, regardless of the option selected, and includes 24 semester hours of required core coursework.
All candidates for the graduate degree must pass a final comprehensive examination, written, oral, or both written and oral. The scope, content, and form of this examination will be determined by the student's supervising committee.
The criminology and criminal justice graduate program adheres to the following admission criteria.
In addition to having satisfied the requirements set forth by the UTA Graduate School, as outlined in the graduate catalog, applicants seeking unconditional admission to the CRCJ graduate program are required to meet the following four criteria:
Applicants meeting all four of the criteria will be granted unconditional admission into the CRCJ Graduate Program. Applicants who lack one of the above criteria may be considered for probationary admission.
Applicants who fail to meet the four criteria for unconditional admission may be considered for probationary admission. Applicants who fail to meet the GPA or GRE requirements for unconditional admission may be granted probationary admission if the GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0 and the remainder of the application package is satisfactory. Applicants admitted on probation will remain in that status until completing 12 hours of graduate coursework with no grade lower than a B.
In the event an applicant does not meet the minimum criteria established for unconditional or probationary admission, yet nonetheless is judged by the graduate advisor, in consultation with the CRCJ Graduate Studies Committee, to show promise, the admission decision may be deferred, with instructions provided to the student indicating the course of action to be taken prior to subsequent review. Admission decisions may also be deferred if the application package is incomplete.
An applicant unable to supply all required documentation prior to the admission deadline, but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.
Applicants who do not satisfy all of the criteria for any of the above categories will be denied admission.
Fellowships, when available, will be awarded on a competitive basis. Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in the criminology/criminal justice graduate program will be selected based on the following criteria:
Students in criminology and criminal justice may participate in one of three dual degree programs whereby they can earn a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice and 1) a Master of Science in Social Work, 2) a Master of Arts in Political Science, or 3) a Master of Public Administration. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from nine to 18 hours, subject to the approval of Graduate Advisors from both programs.
To participate in the dual degree program, students must be admitted to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in a dual degree program should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. See also the statement on Dual Degree Programs in the general information section of this catalog.
The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.
An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.
Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)