About Masters

MA students who enter the program in fall 2017 or prior choose between two courses of study: a research concentration (with a thesis) or a policy and practice concentration (with a capstone practicum).  If you plan to pursue a doctoral degree and academic or research career you should pursue the thesis concentration.  If you are interested in careers in justice and security organizations you may be more interested in the policy and practice concentration.  You are encouraged to set up a meeting with your faculty advisor or the Director of Graduate Programs early in your first year to select your course of study, as the requirements for the concentrations vary. 



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