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Master of Science in Justice Policy (MSJPY). Department of Criminal Justice College of Public Policy. Presentation Overview. What can a Master’s Degree Do for Me? Overview of Curriculum Guidelines for Success University Resources for Graduate Students Graduate Assistantships

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master of science in justice policy msjpy

Master of Science in Justice Policy(MSJPY)

Department of Criminal Justice

College of Public Policy

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • What can a Master’s Degree Do for Me?
  • Overview of Curriculum
  • Guidelines for Success
  • University Resources for Graduate Students
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Graduate Faculty
what can a master s degree do for me
What can a Master’s Degree Do for Me?
  • Develop skills (writing, research, critical thinking, problem solving, public speaking)
  • Network with a group of like-minded students
  • Smaller classes and more individualized attention from nationally-recognized faculty
  • Prepare for a Ph.D.
  • Broaden job opportunities
  • Advancement in current job
some of our graduates
Some of Our Graduates
  • Eladio Castillo, ’08 Special Agent, FBI
  • Jorge Gonzales, ’08 Equal Opportunity Specialist, Department of Labor
  • Katie Ellis, ’09 Parole Officer/electronic monitoring
  • Fabian Romero, ’09 Sociology Ph.D. student, Texas A&M
  • Kristina Lopez, ’10 Criminal Justice Ph.D. student, Texas State University
  • Jeannie Hahl, ’10 Demography Ph.D. student, UTSA
  • Elsa Castro, ’11 Crime Analyst, Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
  • Bill Prock, ’11 Criminal Justice Ph.D. student, Texas State University
  • Layla McKinnon, ’12 Crime Analyst, Texas Department of Public Safety
overview of curriculum
Overview of Curriculum

36 hour degree program:

core courses 15 hours
Core Courses (15 Hours)

Offered every FALL Semester:

  • CRJ 5073 Research Methods
  • CRJ 5123 Justice Policy Formation/Implementation
  • CRJ 6373 Crime Theory and Justice Policy

Offered every SPRING Semester:

  • CRJ 5083 Quantitative Analysis
  • CRJ 5133 Management of Justice Organizations

***We recommend that students complete their core courses during their first two semesters in the program***

electives 15 hours
Electives (15 Hours)

Prescribed Electives (9 Hours)

  • CRJ Electives listed in the Catalog
  • Includes courses on policing and crime control, program evaluation, corrections policy, gender issues in CJ, race/ethnicity in CJ

Free Electives (6 Hours)

  • CRJ Electives from Catalog OR
  • Can take courses from a pre-approved list in other disciplines (see MSJPY Student Handbook)
nonthesis option or thesis option 6 hours
Nonthesis Option OR Thesis Option (6 Hours)
  • Option I: Nonthesis (Comprehensive Exam)
    • CRJ 6383 Capstone Course (3 credit hour course to prepare students for comprehensive exam); additional elective (3 credit hours)
    • Comprehensive exam will be comprised of 5 sections derived from your core courses
nonthesis option or thesis option 6 hours1
Nonthesis Option OR Thesis Option (6 Hours)
  • Option II: Thesis (6 hours)
    • Theory-based original research project with policy implications
    • Committee of 3 UTSA faculty (1 chair, 2 members)
    • Requirements include: committee formation, written manuscript, oral prospectus defense, final oral defense
nonthesis option or thesis option 6 hours2
Nonthesis Option OR Thesis Option (6 Hours)
  • Option II: Thesis continued
  • After completion of 24 hours of coursework (8 classes) and the semester BEFORE you wish to start:
    • Develop a thesis research idea and match it with faculty who are willing to serve on your thesis committee
      • Do I have a well-formulated research idea?
      • Do I have access to data that will allow me to complete my research?
      • Are there faculty members willing to serve on my committee?
    • Complete the Intent To Write a Thesis form and get necessary signatures (must be completed before you can be enrolled in Thesis hours)
    • Complete IRB requirements if applicable
example degree plan
Example Degree Plan
  • Fall 2013
  • CRJ 5073 Research Methods
  • CRJ 5123 Justice Policy Formation/Implementation
  • CRJ 6373 Crime Theory and Justice Policy
  • Spring 2014
  • CRJ 5083 Quantitative Analysis
  • CRJ 5133 Management of Justice Organizations
  • Elective (3 hours)
  • Fall 2014
  • Electives (9 hours)
  • Spring 2015
  • CRJ 6383 Capstone Course
  • Electives (6 hours)
  • ***Students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Graduate Advisor of Record periodically to ensure they are efficiently working toward program completion.***
guidelines for success
Guidelines for Success
  • Complete 9 credit hours per semester.
  • Prioritize the scheduling of your courses in the following way:
    • core courses
    • prescribed electives
    • free electives
  • Earn As and Bs. Students who fail to maintain a 3.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation (see enclose Student Handbook for additional Academic Regulations).
  • Nonthesis option - Your core courses will be the subject of your comprehensive exam. Take these courses very seriously and keep your course materials when the course is completed.
  • Thesis option - Faculty will be willing to supervise theses of students who have demonstrated their ability and commitment in the classroom.
the graduate school http graduateschool utsa edu
The Graduate School http://graduateschool.utsa.edu
  • Scholarship opportunities (Feb 15 deadline for General UTSA application)
  • Financial aid/loan information (FAFSA accepted Jan 1-March 15)
  • Graduate Student Success Events and Workshops
  • Graduate Student Association
  • Online Workshops and Resources
  • Academic and Professional Skill Development
  • Thesis Formatting and Deadlines
tomas rivera center http utsa edu trcss
Tomas Rivera Centerhttp://utsa.edu/trcss
  • Assists UTSA graduate students in achieving academic success
    • Graduate student academic coaching
    • Graduate student workshops
    • Thesis/Dissertation group
    • Writing Institute
    • Online Resources
  • Downtown Campus location at DB 2.114
graduate assistantships gas
Graduate Assistantships (GAs)
  • Provide students with the opportunity to work with 1-2 professors on research and/or help with undergraduate course grading
  • Pay is $10.00 per hour
  • May work up to 19 hours per week
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and be enrolled in 6 credit hours (2 graduate classes) per semester.
  • If interested, please complete an application packet and return it to Cammie Diaz in the CRJ department (DB 4.112).
graduate faculty
Graduate Faculty

Richard Hartley, University of Nebraska-Omaha Courts and Sentencing

Megan Augustyn, University of Maryland Juvenile Delinquency and the Life Course

Roger Enriquez, University of Iowa Legal Issues; Delinquency Prevention

Michael Gilbert, Arizona State University Restorative and Community Justice

Holly Miller, University of South Carolina Delinquency, Immigration, Corrections

J. Mitchell Miller, University of Tennessee Drugs and Crime; Program Evaluation

Byongook Moon, Michigan State University School Bullying; Violence; Theory

Jamie Newsome, University of Cincinnati Biosocial Criminology; Evolutionary Psych

Michael Tapia, The Ohio State University Juvenile Justice; Gangs; Race/Ethnicity

Marie Tillyer, University of Cincinnati Victimization; Violence

Rob Tillyer, University of Cincinnati Policing; Crime Prevention

Jeffrey Ward, University of Florida Life Course Criminology; Gangs

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For questions, please contact : Dr. Marie TillyerGraduate Advisor of RecordGraduate Program Committee ChairMarie.Tillyer@utsa.edu