About the Program

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.

Admissions 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)
a. A minimum of five years of full-time work experience in the criminal justice
field. OR
b. 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.


Application for Admission to Candidacy

Application for Comprehensive Exam

Individual Graduate Study Application (PDF)

Change in Candidacy Form

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses 9 credits
CRJ 501 Theoretical Perspectives on Crime/Criminal Justice
CRJ 504 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJ 603 Administration of Criminal Justice

Elective Courses 24–27 credits
Select from the following:
CRJ 508 History of Criminal Justice
CRJ 590 Independent Study
CRJ 601 Correctional Strategies
CRJ 602 Organizational Behavior and Management Process in Criminal Justice
CRJ 604 Criminal Courts
CRJ 605 Law and Social Control
CRJ 606 Law Enforcement Issues
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 628 Organized Crime
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 credits
Select one option:
CRJ 690 Master’s Project (3)
Comprehensive Examination

Total Required Credit Hours 36 credits

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Criminal Justice, M.S.


Criminal Justice

Buffalo State •  1300 Elmwood Avenue  •  Classroom Building C114
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-4517 •  Fax: (716) 878-3240