M.S. in Security Studies

Program Description | Admission | Degree Requirements | Courses


Program Description

The Master of Science in Security Studies is a unique program that provides a comprehensive security management program to individuals wanting to advance their knowledge, skills, and qualifications within the dynamic field of security. This specialized degree program will produce professionals who are best qualified to meet the intersecting demands of the criminal justice system and homeland security. The broad educational objective of the program is to graduate managers and leaders, individuals who will possess expertise in both theoretical and experiential dimensions of security management.


Admission

Admission considerations include:

1. Graduate Application

2. Application fee

3. An undergraduate degree from an accredited academic institution in an allied field

4. Official transcripts of all academic coursework previously undertaken

5. Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination

6. Three letters of recommendation from undergraduate professors referencing the applicant’s ability to perform graduate work

7. A current resume

8. A personal essay regarding career background and goals.

9. International students ONLY: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)—a minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required

A holistic review of each student’s application will be completed on a competitive basis.


Degree Requirements

Plan 1 - M.S. in Security Studies (Thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Required
Courses
Choose all from:
CRIJ 5340 <CJ 540> Intelligence and Counterintelligence in National Security
CRIJ 5336 <CJ 536> Legal Aspects and Private Security
CRIJ 5338 <CJ 538> Security and Management
CRIJ 5339 <CJ 539> Global Terrorism
CRIJ 6334 <CJ 634> Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 5335 <CJ 535> Security and the Future
18
2 Electives Choose three from:
CRIJ 5342 Law Enforcement Intelligence and Crime Analysis
CRIJ 5341 Principles of Intelligence Analysis
CRIJ 6387 <CJ 687> Ethics of Criminal Justice
DFSC 5327 <DF 583> Digital Forensics Investigation
DFSC 5334 <DF 534> Digital Security
CRIJ 6394 <CJ 694> Special Topics in Criminal Justice - Geographic Information Systems
CRIJ 6394 <CJ 694> Special Topics in Criminal Justice - Crisis Management
CRIJ 6394 <CJ 694> Special Topics in Criminal Justice - National Security
12
3 Thesis Choose all from:
CRIJ 6398 <CJ 698> Thesis Practicum
CRIJ 6399 <CJ 699> Thesis1
6
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 Once enrolled in CRIJ 6399 <CJ 699> Thesis, students must enroll in this course in every semester until graduation.*

 

Once enrolled in CRIJ 6399 <CJ 699> Thesis, students must enroll in this course in every semester until graduation. Effective Summer 2012, graduate students will take dissertation/thesis classes for 3 credit hours until they have completed the degree requirements (12 hours for dissertations; 6 hours for thesis); then they may sign up for 1 credit hour for continuous enrollment. Students do not have to sign up for thesis/dissertation classes during the summer if they are not working on their thesis/dissertation or if they are not graduating or working on their portfolio. If students do not stay continuously enrolled, they will be back enrolled in 1 semester hour and have to pay for the course.

 

Plan 2 - M.S. in Security Studies (Non-thesis)

Item
Requirement
Options
Hours
Required
1
Specified
Courses
Choose all from:
CRIJ 5340 <CJ 540> Intelligence and Counterintelligence in National Security
CRIJ 5336 <CJ 536> Legal Aspects and Private Security
CRIJ 5338 <CJ 538> Security and Management
CRIJ 5339 <CJ 539> Global Terrorism
CRIJ 6334 <CJ 634> Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 5335 <CJ 535> Security and the Future
CRIJ 6370 <CJ 670> Internship in Criminal Justice1
CRIJ 6388 <CJ 688> Emergent Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership
27
2 Electives Choose two from:
CRIJ 5342 Law Enforcement Intelligence and Crime Analysis
CRIJ 5341 Principles of Intelligence Analysis
CRIJ 6387 <CJ 687>The Ethics of Criminal Justice
DFSC 5327 <DF 583> Digital Forensics Investigation
DFSC 5317 <DF 534 Digital Security
CRIJ 6394 <CJ 694> Special Topics in Criminal Justice - Geographic Information Systems
CRIJ 6394 <CJ 694> Special Topics in Criminal Justice - Crisis Management
CRIJ 6394 <CJ 694> Special Topics in Criminal Justice - National Security
9
TOTAL
36
Notes:
1 CRIJ 6370 <CJ 670> must be taken twice for a total of 6 credit hours.

 


Courses

Criminal Justice (CRIJ)
Digital Forensics (DFSC)

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