Justice Studies (M.A.)

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The Master of Arts degree program in Justice Studies (MAJS) provides a broad understanding of justice, crime, and law.  It provides tools for reasoned appraisal of how the justice system works and what policies underlie it. The program familiarizes students with legal and justice ideas, justice institutions, and legal processes. It draws on a variety of disciplines, subjects, and research methodologies for its core knowledge. Our students work closely with faculty with established reputations as scholars, teachers, and practitioners.  

Degree Requirements

The master of arts in justice studies requires that students complete a minimum of nine courses (36 credit hours) in justice studies from the following list:

Required Courses
JUST 830Theories of Justice4
JUST 901Pro-seminar: Introduction to Justice Studies4
JUST 905Quantitative Research Methods4
JUST 907Applied Research Methods4
Select one of the following:4
Criminological Theory
Special Topics
Social Conflict
Crime and Conflict
Special Topics
Concluding Experience
Select Option A or B from the below:8
Option A:
Culminating Project
Option B:
Masters Thesis
Select two courses if taking JUST 899 or two courses plus JUST 950 if taking JUST 8978
Total Credits36


EDUC 867Students, Teachers, and the Law4
EDUC 897Special Topics in Education1-4
EDUC 951Laws and Regulations Affecting the Education of Students with Disabilities4
EDUC 967School Law4
EDUC 968Collective Bargaining in Public Education4
HDFS 872International Approaches to Child Advocacy4
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 894Families and the Law4
HIST 809United States Legal History Special Topics4
HIST 84519th Century European Great Powers - Diplomacy and International Law4
HIST 949Colloquium in United States History3
JUST 950Internship4
JUST 965Special Topics4
JUST 995Reading and Research1-4
POLT 801Courts and Public Policy3
POLT 803Performance Management in Public and Non-Profit Organizations3
POLT 808Administrative Law3
POLT 897CSeminar in Comparative Politics3
POLT 897FSeminar in Public Administration3
POLT 898BSeminar in American Politics3
PSYC 954Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology4
SW 897Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare2 or 3
SW 979Social Work and the Law3
SOC 815Criminological Theory4
SOC 820Sociology of Drug Use4
SOC 876Family Violence Research Seminar4
SOC 880Social Conflict4
SOC 921Crime and Conflict4