Master of Science in Criminal Justice Studies (MSCJS) Requirements


MSCJS Program
The MSCJS requires the completion of 30 credit hours. Of these, 21 credit hours (7 courses) are core courses while 9 credit hours (3 courses) consist of elective courses. The program is offered in on-ground (in-person), online, and mixed formats.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Studies at Chaminade University of Honolulu is designed to ground students in advanced issues facing the criminal justice system, practitioners, and justice-involved persons. Students master evidenced-based best practices across multiple facets of the system along with an ability to discern emerging research and trends. Completion of the program prepares students to assume advanced positions in city & county, state, federal, private and non-profit agencies where they will be prepared to make meaningful contributions and necessary changes for positive community outcomes in the field.

The MSCJS degree is recommended for those individuals who are pursuing careers or furthering their education in the following:
• Federal, State, County, and Municipal Law Enforcement
• Homeland Security and leadership development
• Private Security and Investigation
• Probation, parole, and community corrections
• Law School

MSCJS Program

REQUIRED CORE COURES (21 credits)

CJA 604

Constitutional Law

CJA 605

Criminology

CJA 705

Forensic Psychology

CJA 751

Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

CJA 766

Ethics in Criminal Justice and Public Administration

CJA 790

Research Methods & Data Analysis

CJA 791

Seminar in Criminal Justice Studies/Capstone

Elective Courses (9 credits)

CJA 610

Law Enforcement

CJA 630

Corrections

CJA 680

Special Topics

CJA 706

Managing Criminal Investigations

CJA 708

Terrorism & Justice

CJA 725

Cybercrime & Digital Security

CJA 735

Trauma & Crisis Intervention

CJA 795

Internship

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY
A maximum of six credit hours may be accepted as transfer or substitution for the 30 credit hours for the MSCJS degree. Students must submit a written request to the MSCJS Program Director for consideration of transfer or substitution credit hours. The student must also submit a course syllabus for each course to be evaluated. All transfer or substitution credit hours must be from an accredited university or college graduate program and must be approved by the Program Director. All transfer or substitution credit must be at the graduate level. Only graduate course work in which the student received a letter grade of “B” or higher may be considered for acceptance as valid transfer or substitution credit hours, including those from any other Chaminade University Graduate program.

PROGRAM CHANGE
A student must receive advisor approval and, upon approval, a new advising sheet will be generated, and will follow the program from the time the requested change in the program or emphasis was approved.

PROVISIONAL ACCEPTANCE
To obtain provisional admission, the applicant must meet the minimum graduate admission requirements as well as one of the following (1) a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or higher (2) an undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or higher in the last 45 hours of course work; or (3) a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. In addition, provisional status may be granted (at the discretion of the Program Director) based on the applicant’s work experience and exceptional accomplishments within a criminal justice or military profession.

ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
CONSEQUENCES REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO INSTRUCTORS:
A single instance of academic dishonesty may result in the instructor not counting that exercise as part of the semester grade, which can result in failure of the course.

A single instance of academic dishonesty may result in the student receiving a grade of “F” for the submitted work, which can result in failure of the course.

REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO THE MSCJS PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
An aggravated instance of academic dishonesty supported by evidence provided by the instructor may result in the student being dropped from the course.

A single instance of serious academic dishonesty supported by evidence provided by the instructor may result in dismissal from the MSCJS Program.

A second instance of academic dishonesty supported by evidence provided by the instructor will result in a final dismissal from the MSCJS Program.

All actions taken in response to a breach of academic integrity (academic dishonesty) are subject to the appellate process described in the Graduate Student Handbook.