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  1. Master of Science in Justice Policy Department of Criminal Justice College of Public Policy

  2. Program Overview Goal of the Program: • The MSJPY is designed to provide students with competency in policy planning, evaluation, criminal justice agency management, and preparation for continued graduate study in criminal justice and criminology. Why apply?: • Increase job opportunities within the CJ field (advancement in current job) • Study with a group of like-minded students • Be educated by nationally-recognized faculty • Prepare for future graduate education (i.e., Ph.D., if interested in teaching or researching) Who are we looking for?: • Motivated students graduating in Spring or Summer 2012

  3. Program Overview Admission Requirements • Satisfy University requirements and submit transcripts • Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) • Two letters of recommendation and a personal statement • Minimum 3.0 GPA Degree Requirements • 36 credit hours • 15 credit hours of core courses • 15 credit hours of electives (prescribed and free) • 6 credit hours of Master’s Thesis • Specific information is available at:

  4. The Core (15 Hours) • CRJ 5073 Research Methods • CRJ 5083 Quantitative Analysis • CRJ 5123 Justice Policy Form. and Implementation • CRJ 5133 Management of Justice Organization • CRJ 6373 Crime Theory and Justice Policy

  5. Electives (15 Hours) Free (6 Hours) Selected by students Pre-approved list of relevant topics Can take courses in Criminal Justice or Other Disciplines Prescribed (9 Hours) • Topics include, but are not limited to: • Program Evaluation, Advanced Research Applications, Gender Issues in the CJ System, Minorities in the CJ System, • Special Topics in: • Corrections • Policing and Crime Control • Law

  6. Thesis or Comprehensive Exam Thesis Option • Preparation for Doctoral Education • Theory Based Research • Policy Implications can be drawn OR Comprehensive Exam Option • 3 credit capstone course; additional 3 credit elective • Questions drawn from the core curriculum areas • The exam would be held on one day in the spring semester

  7. Faculty & Research Interests Faculty Leanne Alarid, Sam Houston State University Roger Enriquez, University of Iowa Juanita Firestone, UT-Austin Michael Gilbert, Arizona State University Patricia M. Harris, Rutgers University Richard D. Hartley, University of Nebraska Holly V. Miller, University of South Carolina J. Mitchell Miller, University of Tennessee Byongook Moon, Michigan State University Jamie Newsome, University of Cincinnati Michael Tapia, The Ohio State University Marie Tillyer, University of Cincinnati Rob Tillyer, University of Cincinnati Jeff Ward, University of Florida Research Interests/Expertise Corrections Crime Prevention Criminological Theories Decision-Making in the CJ System Drugs and Crime Gangs Juvenile Justice Legal Issues Minorities in the CJ System Policing Program Evaluation Restorative Justice Victimology

  8. Our Graduates • Jorge Gonzales, ‘08 • Equal Opportunity Specialist, Department of Labor • Fabian Romero, ’09 • Texas A&M, Sociology • Colin Sturtz, ’09 • TDCJ, Security Threat Group Intervention • Kristina Lopez, ’10 • Texas State University, Criminal Justice • Bill Prock, ‘11 • Adjunct instructor at UTSA

  9. Financial Support Scholarships: Opportunities to offset the cost through competitive funding Research Assistants: Opportunities for employment either through the Department of Criminal Justice or through active research projects under the direction of a faculty member Financial Aid: Access to financial loans

  10. How to Apply • Deadline: April 15th (for Fall 2012) • Visit to begin application process • The web-site also has information on funding, tuition costs, and financial aid • GRE must be completed prior to enrolling in Fall 2012 classes • Preparatory classes are recommended to prepare for the GRE • Applications received prior to April 7th are eligible for fee waiver ($50 value) – please contact Forrest Wilson for more information (

  11. UTSA MSJPYFor questions, please contact any of the following: Richard Hartley, Graduate Program Committeerichard.hartley@utsa.eduRob Tillyer, Graduate Program Committeerob.tillyer@utsa.eduRobert Rico, Graduate Advisor of