Justice Studies, MS

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community, crime, law, social

The MS in justice studies prepares future scholars and change agents who want to conduct research and evaluate policies that promote social change. Housed in the transdisciplinary learning environment of the School of Social Transformation, this program is composed of scholars dedicated to creating and implementing innovations to change the world.

Program Description
Degree Awarded: MS  Justice Studies

The MS program in justice studies prepares graduates to pursue careers in research centers, social justice organizations and academic institutions. Many master of science students also go on to pursue doctoral degrees in interdisciplinary programs such as justice studies, criminology and law as well as American studies, ethnic studies, and women's and gender studies.

At a Glance
Accelerated Degrees
This degree is also offered in an accelerated format with:
Justice Studies, BA
Justice Studies, BS
Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior and senior years, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
Degree Requirements

30 credit hours and a thesis, or
30 credit hours including the required applied project course (JUS 593)

Required Core (12 credit hours)
JUS 500 Justice Research Methods (3)
JUS 501 Justice Theory (3)
JUS 509 Statistical Problems in Justice Research (3)
JUS 521 Qualitative Data Analysis and Evaluation (3)

Electives (12 credit hours)

Research (0-3 credit hours)
JUS 592 Research (3)

Culminating Experience (3-6 credit hours)
JUS 593 Applied Project (3) or
JUS 599 Thesis (6)

Additional Curriculum Information
Each student's program is developed in concert with the advisory committee. The required foundation courses provide students with a fundamental understanding of the theories, methods and analytic techniques associated with the study of justice.

To satisfy the thesis requirement for the degree, candidates must write a thesis and defend it in an oral examination conducted by the student's advisory committee. Students in this option are not required to take JUS 592 Research.

Students who elect to complete the applied project option will have to enroll in three credit hours of JUS 592 Research prior to enrolling in JUS 593 Applied Project. Candidates pursuing the applied project option must present their applied project and defend it in an oral examination conducted by the faculty member who supervises the project and the graduate programs director or designated representative. The applied project typically includes a brief literature review to identify the nature of the issue or problem and a description of the methodology used and, if relevant, of the program studied, followed by an analysis.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. writing sample
  5. resume or curriculum vitae
  6. three letters of recommendation
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency. Information regarding acceptable proof of English proficiency can be found via the Graduate Admission Services webpage: https://students.asu.edu/graduate/proficiency.

Applicants should visit the School of Social Transformation's Master of Science in justice studies webpage for further details on the listed application requirements and application deadlines.

No GRE testing is required for admission.

Mailing addresses and further admission information is available on the ASU Graduate Admission Services website.

Application requirements vary for the accelerated justice studies 4+1 program. Undergraduate students majoring in justice studies who are interested and eligible for this accelerated graduate program should contact the academic unit, to schedule an appointment with a graduate advisor prior to submitting an application. Further details about the accelerated justice studies 4+1 program can be found on the School of Social Transformation webpage.

Contact Information

What are Accelerated Degrees?
The accelerated bachelor's and master's degrees are designed by the academic programs to provide selected high-achieving undergraduate students with the opportunity to combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work to accelerate graduate degree completion. These programs allow accelerated students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree within five years. Accelerated programs are not offered at Lake Havasu.
What are Concurrent Programs?
Students pursuing concurrent degrees earn two distinct degrees and receive two diplomas. ASU offers students two ways to earn concurrent degrees: by choosing a predetermined combination or creating their own combination. Predetermined combinations have a single admissions application and one easy to follow major map. To add a concurrent degree to your existing degree, work with your academic advisor. Either way, concurrent degrees allow students to pursue their own personal or professional interests.
What are Joint Programs?
Joint programs, or jointly conferred degrees, are offered by more than one college and provide opportunities for students to take advantage of the academic strengths of two academic units. Upon graduation, students are awarded one degree and one diploma conferred by two colleges.

What constitutes a New Program?
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What are Online Programs?
ASU Online offers programs in an entirely online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. See http://asuonline.asu.edu/ for more information.
What is WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education)?
WICHE (Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education) allows master’s, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are residents of western states to enroll in high-quality programs at participating institutions outside of their home state and pay resident tuition. See more information and eligibility requirements by visiting https://graduate.asu.edu/file/wichewrgp-instructions-and-application.

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