About Master of Arts

The MA curriculum has recently changed. Please be sure to follow the requirements for your catalog year.

If you entered the MA program in fall 2018 or later, you are required to complete 24 credits of coursework and 6 credits of thesis.  Full-time students typically complete the thesis in their second year.

If you entered the MA program in fall 2017 or before, you can choose between two courses of study: a research concentration (with a thesis) or a policy and practice concentration (with a capstone practicum). Students who plan to pursue a doctoral degree and academic or research career should pursue the thesis concentration. Students who are interested in careers in justice and security organizations may prefer the policy and practice concentration.

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