Buffalo State

Graduate Catalog 2016-2017

Criminal Justice (M.S.)

Master of Science Program

Program Code: MS-SP

Major Code: CRJ

HEGIS 2105

Criminal Justice Department

James Sobol, Chair

Classroom Building C114, (716) 878-4517


This program integrates theory, research, and practice that are grounded in the social sciences. The academically rigorous curriculum prepares students for leadership positions in professional criminal justice fields or for advanced graduate study.

Program graduates have a broad base of knowledge in criminal justice and related disciplines; academic skills in critical thinking, conceptualization and analysis; and an in-depth understanding of the complexities of decision making, policy implementation, and planned organizational change in criminal justice.

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 credit hours.
  2. A written statement of intent that includes the applicant’s preparation for graduate study (guidelines available from the department).
  3. If minimum requirements are not met, the graduate faculty may grant an
    applicant conditional admission to the program as a premajor if the applicant has a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (4.0 scale)


    1. A minimum of five years of full-time work experience in the criminal justice field. OR
    2. A minimum combined score of 290 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  4. Applications are reviewed on a continual basis for the fall and spring semesters.

Program Prerequisites:

  1. An undergraduate descriptive and inferential statistics course from a four-year institution with a grade of C or above.
  2. An undergraduate research methods course from a four-year institution.

In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in this catalog.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses

18 cr

CRJ 501

Theoretical Perspectives on Crime/Criminal Justice

CRJ 504

Research Methods in Criminal Justice

CRJ 601

Correctional Strategies

CRJ 604

Criminal Courts

CRJ 606

Law Enforcement Issues

CRJ 609

Statistics in Criminal Justice

Elective Courses

9-18 cr

Select from the following:

CRJ 508

History of Criminal Justice

CRJ 590

Independent Study

CRJ 602

Organizational Behavior and Management Process in Criminal Justice

CRJ 603

Administration of Criminal Justice

CRJ 608

Special Topics in Criminal Justice

CRJ 620

White Collar Crime

CRJ 622

Juvenile Justice

CRJ 624

Computer Application

CRJ 625

Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice

CRJ 626

Gender Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ 630

Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ 635

Criminal Justice Ethics

CRJ 710

Research Project

Up to 9 credit hours of electives may be taken outside the department with prior written approval of the student’s academic adviser.

Comprehensive Examination or Master’s Project

0-3 cr

Select one option:

CRJ 690

Master’s Project (3)

Comprehensive Examination

Total Required Credit Hours

36 cr

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

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Course Descriptions

ACM - Applied & Computational Mathematics

ADE - Adult Education

AED - Art Education

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BUS - Business

BXE - Bilingual Exceptional Education

CHE - Chemistry

CIS - Computer Information Systems

CNS - Art Conservation

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - Creative Studies

CTE - Career and Technical Education

DAN - Dance

DED - Distributive Education

DES - Design

ECO - Economics

ECS - Elementary Education

EDL - Educational Leadership

EDU - Elementary Education

EDT - Educational Technology

ENG - English

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English as a Second Language

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

GEG - Geography

GES - Geology

GLC - Great Lakes Center

HEA - Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

INT - Industrial Technology

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MET - Mechanical Engineering Technology

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

OEC - Occupational Education

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSM - Professional Science and Mathematics

PSY - Psychology

SCI - Science

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

THA - Theater Arts

UED - Urban Education


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