Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS

School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

The Master of Science degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 36-hour program (11 classes and a capstone course) designed to meet the needs of professionals who are dedicated to a career in criminal justice. This educational opportunity is offered in a flexibile online format, or alternatively through on-campus evening classes. Full-time students can complete the degree in 18 months; part-time students may choose to pursue the degree at a slower pace.

Program Contact Information

Lisa Sample, PhD, Graduate Program Chair Sample
218 College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CPACS) 
402.554.2610 402-554-2610
lsample@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English.  Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the U.S., OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a pre-determined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.
    • Minimum required scores are as follows:
      • IELTS: 7.5 required; 8.0+ preferred
      • PTE: score of 76 or higher
      • Internet-based TOEFL: minimum of 21 in each of the 4 areas, and a minimum of 95 overall
  • All ESL students are required to take a proficiency assessment examination at UNO upon admission, which will be used to determine if further assistance is required
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
    • One page discussing reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, interests in the field, and career goals for the future
  • Unconditional Admission:
    • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Student has at least a 3.00 GPA (average of “B”) overall in the last two years of undergraduate work
    • At least 12 credit hours of criminal just courses or related courses that meet the requirements of the current School undergraduate curriculum, including a basic statistics course, a research methods course, an introductory criminal justice course, and a criminology course.
  • Provisional Admission:
    • Student must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution (if the institution is non-accredited, 12 credit hours of graduate course work at UNO must be successfully completed before the student is eligible for unconditional admission)
    • Student has not completed all of the undergraduate prerequisite course requirements for unconditional admission to graduate study
    • Student has no less than a 2.75 overall GPA for the last two years of undergraduate work and not less than a 2.75 GPA in the undergraduate major.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
CRCJ 8010NATURE OF CRIME3
CRCJ 8020SEMINAR IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE3
CRCJ 8030CRIMINAL JUSTICE RESEARCH THEORY AND METHODOLOGY3
CRCJ 8950STATISTICAL APPLICATIONS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE & PUBLIC ADMIN3
CRCJ 8130SEMINAR IN WOMEN AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
or CRCJ 9030 SEMINAR ON RACE, ETHNICITY, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
Optional Course
Students can also take a diversity class from any field at the 8000 level or higher with advisor approval.
Elective Courses
Select nine hours of CRCJ courses at the 8000 level or higher, with advisor approval: 19
Open Electives or Specilization9
See Open Electives and Specializations below.
Capstone Course
CRCJ 8970CAPSTONE PROJECT IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
Total Credits36

Open Electives

Open Elective Courses

In consultation with advisors, students will select three courses in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice or any related field.  Any course from any field at the 8000 or higher can count toward open elective hours. 

NOTE: Students are encouraged to take their Open elective courses in the form of a graduate minor or concentrated in a single field. Graduate minor programs generally all require 9 credit hours to complete and will be noted on students final transcripts.

COUN/SPED 8016MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS: RISK FACTORS AND INTERVENTIONS3
COUN 8030COUNSELING PRACTICES3
COUN 8040ETHICAL ISSUES FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS3
COUN 8050INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING1
COUN 8100RESEARCH PROJECT IN COUNSELING1-3
COUN 8110HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES3
COUN 8190RESEARCH PROJECT IN COUNSELING1-3
COUN 8200COUNSELING THEORIES3
COUN 8210ORGANIZATION & ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS3
COUN 8220COUNSELING PRACTICUM3
COUN 8226CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LIFESTYLE3
COUN 8230APPRAISAL TECHNIQUES IN COUNSELING3
COUN 8270GROUP TECHNIQUES1
COUN 8280CRISIS INTERVENTION STRATEGIES AND TECHNIQUES3
COUN 8306COUNSELING TECHNIQUES I1
COUN 8316COUNSELING TECHNIQUES II1
COUN 8370GROUP COUNSELING: THEORY AND PRACTICE2
COUN 8406COUNSELING TECHNIQUES III1
COUN 8500CONSULTATION IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING2
COUN/SOWK 8516TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY3
COUN 8520COUNSELING MULTICULTURAL AND DIVERSE POPULATIONS3
COUN 8610INTRODUCTION TO MARITAL AND FAMILY THERAPY3
COUN 8620SURVEY OF ISSUES IN SCHOOL COUNSELING2
COUN 8650ISSUES IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING3
COUN/SPED 8656TRANSITION PLANNING3
COUN/SOWK 8686MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION3
COUN/SOWK 8696ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE3
COUN 8750SCHOOL COUNSELING GROUPS & ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS2
COUN/GERO 8756MID-LIFE, CAREER CHANGE, PRERETIREMENT PLANNING3
COUN/GERO 8986COUNSELNG SKILLS IN GERONTOLOGY3
COUN 8010INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING3
PA 8010THE PUBLIC ECONOMY3
PA/AVN 8020AVIATION MANAGEMENT AND POLICY3
PA 8050FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION3
PA 8060ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR PUBLIC MANAGERS3
PA/AVN 8070CASE RESEARCH3
PA 8090ORGANIZATION THEORY AND BEHAVIOR3
PA/AVN 8100ADVANCED MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP FOR PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT PROFESSIONALS3
PA/AVN 8106MARKETING IN PUBLIC, NON-PROFIT AND AVIATION ORGANIZATIONS3
PA/AVN 8120ANALYSIS AND DECISION MAKING3
PA 8130MANAGING DIGITAL GOVERNANCE3
PA 8206COMMUNITY ORGANIZING & SOCIAL CHANGE3
PA 8300POLICY DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION3
PA 8320PUBLIC POLICY EVALUATION3
PA 8330SEMINAR IN POLICY ANALYSIS3
PA 8400PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT BUDGETING3
PA 8410PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
PA 8420PUBLIC WORKS MANAGEMENT3
PA 8436MUNICIPAL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8440ORGANIZATION DEVELOP. & PLANNED CHANGE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR3
PA 8450SEMINAR IN ADVANCED MANAGEMENT ANALYSIS IN PUBLIC AGENCIES3
PA 8460SEMINAR IN PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8470ADMINISTRATIVE ETHICS AND LEADERSHIP3
PA/AVN 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8496PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR RELATIONS3
PA 8500ISSUES IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE SECTOR COOPERATION3
PA/GERO 8516LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATION3
PA 8520SEMINAR IN GRANT WRITING3
PA 8530PLANNING AND EVALUATION3
PA 8550INTRODUCTION TO THE NON-PROFIT SECTOR3
PA 8566INTERGOVERNMENTAL MANAGEMENT3
PA 8580NONPROFIT HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT3
PA 8596TECHNIQUES TOPICS IN NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT1-3
PA 8600ADMINISTRATIVE LAW3
PA 8616MUNICIPAL LAW3
PA 8676PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY3
PA 8710FUND RAISING IN PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS3
PA 8720HEALTH CARE FINANCE3
PA 8730ADMINISTRATION OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS3
PA 8740HEALTH CARE POLICY3
PA 8760THE U.S. HEALTH CARE SYSTEM3
PA 8810SEMINAR IN METROPOLITAN PLANNING3
PA/BIOL/GEOG 8826INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & REGULATIONS3
PA/AVN 8896SPECIAL TOPICS PUBLIC ADMIN3
PA 8906SPECIAL TOPICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION1-3
PA 8920READINGS IN PUBLIC ADMIN1-3
PA 8930NEGOTIATION SKILLS IN GENERAL MANAGEMENT3
PA 8940RESEARCH IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION1-3
PA 8970INTRODUCTION TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH3
SOWK 8026SOCIAL WORK WITH THE AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY3
SOWK 8046/GERO 8696WORKING WITH MINORITY ELDERLY3
SOWK 8070HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT I3
SOWK 8080HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II3
SOWK 8090SOCIAL WELFARE POLICY3
SOWK 8110INSTITUTIONAL OPPRESSION3
SOWK 8130GENERALIST PRACTICE I3
SOWK 8150GENERALIST PRACTICE II3
SOWK 8160GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM I3
SOWK 8170GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICUM II3
SOWK 8190RESEARCH & COMPUTER APPLICATIONS3
SOWK 8220CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS3
SOWK 8230CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS3
SOWK 8240SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH CHILDREN3
SOWK 8250SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH FAMILIES3
SOWK 8260SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH OLDER ADULTS3
SOWK 8270SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH SEXUAL CONCERNS3
SOWK 8280SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE WITH COUPLES AND CHANGING FAMILY STRUCTURES3
SOWK 8290SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE IN HEALTH AND MENTAL HEALTH3
SOWK 8510SUPERVISION AND PERSONNEL ADMININISTRATION3
SOWK/COUN 8516TREATMENT ISSUES IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY3
SOWK 8540SOCIAL WELFARE PLANNING3
SOWK 8550SOCIAL JUSTICE AND SOCIAL ADVOCACY3
SOWK 8560ADVANCED COMMUNITY PRACTICE3
SOWK 8570ADMINISTRATION OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES3
SOWK 8600PERMANENCE FOR CHILDREN3
SOWK 8610FAMILY AND COMMUNITY VIOLENCE3
SOWK 8650HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES FOR SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK/COUN 8686MEDICAL AND PSYCHOSOCIAL ASPECTS OF ALCOHOL/DRUG USE AND ADDICTION3
SOWK/COUN 8696ASSESSMENT AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE3
SOWK 8806SOCIAL WORK AND THE LAW3
SOWK 8816SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE3
SOWK/GERO 8856HOSPICE & OTHER SERVICES FOR THE DYING PATIENT/FAMILY3
SOWK 8886TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL WORK3
SOWK 8900SPECIAL STUDIES IN SOCIAL WELFARE1-3
SOWK 8940EVALUATION OF SOCIAL PROGRAMS3
SOWK 8950RESEARCH METHODS IN CLINICAL PRACTICE3
SOWK 8960RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS3
UBNS 8000/GEOG 8830SEMINAR IN URBAN STUDIES3
UBNS/BLST 8020RACE, ETHNICITY, AND AMERICAN URBAN CULTURE3
UBNS 8060INTRODUCTION TO URBAN PLANNING3
UBNS 8200COMMUNITY ORGANIZING AND DEVELOPMENT3
UBNS 8820COMPARATIVE URBAN STUDIES3

Criminology and Criminal Justice Specializations

Students may either choose to pursue one of the two following specializations or select a minor. A minor generally requires nine (9) hours and the permission of the minor department/school. If all 9 or 12 credit hours cannot be timely attained in the specialization, students are free to take additional CRCJ elective classes.

Public Administration

Required
PA 8050FOUNDATIONS OF PUBLIC ADMINSTRATION3
or PA 8440 ORGANIZATION DEVELOP. & PLANNED CHANGE IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
PA/AVN 8480SEMINAR IN PUBLIC FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION3
or PA 8400 PUBLIC AND NONPROFIT BUDGETING
PA 8410PUBLIC HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT3
or PA 8420 PUBLIC WORKS MANAGEMENT
Course Option
The following is optional:0-3
SEMINAR IN PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION
Total Credits9-12

NOTE: Students should check the Public Administration website for schedule of courses.

Counseling

Required Courses
COUN 8030COUNSELING PRACTICES3
COUN 8110HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND PSYCHO-SOCIAL INTERVENTION STRATEGIES3
Electives
Select one of the following:3
MENTAL HEALTH IN SCHOOLS: RISK FACTORS AND INTERVENTIONS
COUNSELING THEORIES
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND LIFESTYLE
GROUP TECHNIQUES
GROUP COUNSELING: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Total Credits9

Exit Requirements

CRCJ 8970CAPSTONE PROJECT IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE3

Capstone course is only offer in either the fall or spring semesters.  Once all required coursework has been completed, the student can register to take the capstone course.  In this course, students will make arrangements with the instructor to conduct a research project.  The course will end with a research report detailing results and written in a way consistent with agency and/or criminal justice organizational standards.