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    Oct 01, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Justice, Law and Criminology (MS)


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Offered by the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology , School of Public Affairs , the Justice, Law and Criminology (MS) is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the foundations and structure of institutions of justice and law. Students receive a thorough grounding in both empirical and theoretical approaches to public policy issues and take a concentration in either justice and public policy, law and society, jurisprudence and social thought, or terrorism and security policy.

The concentration in justice and public policy provides a theoretical grounding in criminology and coursework in criminal justice, including corrections and policing. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in criminal justice, or for advanced graduate work in criminology or criminal justice.

The concentration in jurisprudence and social thought emphasizes philosophical and comparative perspectives on law, providing students with an appreciation of the nature and structural foundations of law and a firm grounding in analytical thought. This concentration serves students who have a background in either the liberal arts or law and are interested in combining the two.

The concentration in law and society provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the role of law in society, including the theoretical foundations of law, the relationship between law and the social sciences, and broad issues of social justice. This concentration prepares students for positions in policy research and analysis or for advanced graduate work in law and society.

The concentration in terrorism and security policy focuses on issues of national security from the perspectives of criminology and criminal justice. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in the area of prevention and control of terrorism.

Admission to the Program


In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, non-AU applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores. AU applicants with GPAs less than 3.50 must also submit GRE test scores.  Applicants are evaluated on the basis of scholastic achievement in their last 60 credit hours of undergraduate work, test scores (if needed), and two letters of recommendation.

Degree Requirements


  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work with at least 18 credit hours at 600-level
  • Capstone Experience: 3 credit hours of approved capstone coursework with grade of B or better
  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA

Course Requirements


Capstone (3 credit hours)


Complete 3 credit hours from the following with grade of B or better:

Concentration (24 credit hours)


Complete 24 credit hours from one of the following concentrations:

Jurisprudence and Social Thought


Justice and Public Policy


Law and Society


Research (6 credit hours)

Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following with grades of B or better:

Terrorism and Security Policy


Justice, Law and Criminology (MS) and Juris Doctor (JD)


For approved dual degree program, see Justice, Law and Criminology (MS) and Juris Doctor (JD) .

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