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Criminal Justice

Degree Type: M.A.
CIP Code 43.0103
Major Code CRJ
Department Code CJP
Minimum Total Hours 33
Degree Website


The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminal Justice online program develops in qualified students the skills to apply principles, theories, and research in the field of criminal justice to “real world” issues.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the M.A. in Criminal Justice, the students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of classical and contemporary criminological theories.
  2. Critically assess current issues related to crime and criminal justice using sound research tools.
  3. Produce clear, concise, and convincing theoretically informed evidenced-based solutions to problems related to crime and the criminal justice system.
  4. Critically evaluate the extent and causes of crime.

Each of these learning outcomes will prepare graduates for careers within the criminal justice field and related industries.

Program Overview

The program consists of ten (10) graduate courses, 33 credits.

  • Five (5) core courses, which must be taken in sequence
  • Five (5) variable topics courses
  • For optimal progression through the program, students should take at least one course of the sequenced core each fall and spring; core courses may not be offered in the summer.


Courses cover major ideas, issues, theories, and research in the field of crime and criminal justice, intended to develop theoretical reasoning and research skills, as well as the application of theory to practice. Students will develop the competencies needed for successful careers in criminal justice-related fields and industries.


Required Core (all 5 courses, 18 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CCJ 6932 Issues in Criminal Justice Administration 3 None
CCJ 6705 Research Methods in Criminology 4 CI
CCJ 6118 Introduction to Criminology Theory 4 CI
CCJ 6706 Quantitative Analysis in Criminology I 4 PR: CCJ 6705
CCJ 6935 Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice 3 CI This course should be taken after completion of the following courses:  CCJ 6932, 6705, 6706, and 6118

Elective Courses

Any five (5) courses from this list (15 credit hours)

Course Number Title Credit Hours Requisites (KEY) Notes (KEY)
CCJ 6406 Theory, Practice, and Research in Law Enforcement 3 CI
CCJ 6930 Current Issues in Corrections 3 Repeatable with different subject matter
CCJ 6935 Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice* 3 CI; Repeatable with different subject matter
CJE 6268 Minorities & Crime 3 None
DSC 6020 Terrorism & Homeland Security 3 None

*Special topics vary but typically include:  Crime Prevention, Interpersonal Violence, Juvenile Delinquency, Miscarriage of Justice, Race & Crime, White Collar Crime.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in upper-level courses of the undergraduate degree.
  • Students with an undergraduate GPA of below 3.00 in their upper-level course work may still be eligible if they take the GRE and achieve a combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000 or higher if taken before August 1, 2011, OR 300 or higher on new GRE taken after August 1, 2011. The GRE can be taken multiple times to achieve the required score.
  • If not admitted, students may take three (3) courses in the program as a non-degree seeking student.  If they receive a B or better in each course, they may be reconsidered for, but not guaranteed, admission into the program. (Note: Financial Aid does not apply for courses taken as a non-degree-seeking student.)

Graduate Application Procedure

  • Application review and acceptance is ongoing; students may enter the program at any time, but the best time to begin the program is fall semester.
  • The first step is to submit an electronic USFSM graduate application.
  • Then proceed to submit the other required documents
    • A sealed official undergraduate transcript(s);
    • Two letters of recommendation, addressing issues relating to past academic performance or work experience
    • A 1-2 page Statement of Purpose, indicating your reasons for seeking a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration and the particular areas of criminology or criminal justice that interest you.

Send the required documents to:

USF Sarasota-Manatee
Office of Admissions
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, C107
Sarasota, FL 34243


Social Work

A part-time cohort of the USF Tampa School of Social Work M.S.W. program, hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Degree Information

Minimum Total Hours 60
CIP Code 44.0701
Department Code SOK
Major Code SOK
Program (Major/College) Delivered by the USF Tampa School of Social Work and hosted by USF Sarasota-Manatee

Contact Information

USF Tampa School of Social Work Website
USF Sarasota-Manatee Social Work Website

Program Mission

The MSW program is a specialized course of study designed to prepare graduates for clinical practice with individuals, families and groups in agency or organization-based community practice settings. The program is designed to produce graduates who exhibit professional standards, values, and ethics in the practice of social work; who demonstrate a respect for human beings and a commitment to the capacity for growth and change in people; and who demonstrate the application of professional social work principles through professional discipline and self-awareness in the service of all clients. Graduates will be able to engage in a range of practice methodologies appropriate for treatment of individual and family problems and in work with groups.


  • The USF Tampa School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • For information on institutional regional accreditation, visit the for SACSCOC accreditation information for USF Sarasota-Manatee.

Degree Information

  • The program runs in cohorts.
  • Students currently take 2-4 courses a term for eight (8) consecutive terms.
  • The entire program is 24 courses, including field placements (60 credits).
  • Students that enter the program with a bachelors in Social Work are exempt from the first three semesters.
  • The program is designed for students to pursue part-time—taking courses Monday-Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays.
  • Every effort is made to find field placements that can also accommodate the schedules of working students.  However, 4 of the 10 hour weekly commitment must be available during the time agencies typically operate (M-F, 8-5PM).
  • Each student is assigned one of the USF Sarasota-Manatee Social Work faculty members as a mentor.
  • Students are assisted in details of registration and progress toward graduation by a graduate academic advisor in the School of Social Work of USF Tampa.


  • Students must apply and be accepted into the program.
  • Students must have completed a bachelors degree to be eligible to apply.
  • The application process includes:
    • 2 personal essays
    • GPA above a 3.00
    • three (3) letters of reference
    • some type of background in social services or 30-40 hours of volunteer work in a social service field


Part-time (Total Hours = 60)

1st Semester–Fall 2017

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6105 Foundations in Human Behavior 3
SOW 6305 Foundations of Social Work Micro Practice 3
SOW 6348 Diversity and Social Justice 3

2nd Semester–Spring 2018

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6186 Foundations of Social Work Macro Practice 2
SOW 6235 Foundations of Social Welfare and Policy 3
SOW 6534 Field Instruction I 1

3rd Semester–Summer 2018

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6405 Foundations of Social Work Research & Statistics 3
SOW 6553 Field Instruction IA 2
SOW 6931 Elective: India Study Abroad (optional in lieu of electives in semesters 7 & 8) 6

4th Semester–Fall 2018

Advanced Standing (AS) Students Enter Here

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6124 Psychopathology 3
SOW 6342 Social Work Practices with Individuals 3
SOW 6554 Field Instruction IB (AS do not take) 2
SOW 6931 Elective (AS only) 3


5th Semester–Spring 2019

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6438 Evaluations of Clinical Practice in Diverse Settings 3
SOW 6362 Social Work Practice with Couples and Families 3
SOW 6555 Field Instruction IIA 2

6th Semester–Summer 2019

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6126 Health, Illness and Disability 3
SOW 6368 Social Work Practice with Groups 3
SOW 6556 Field Instruction IIB 2

7th Semester–Fall 2019

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 6236 Social Welfare Policy Development & Analysis 3
SOW 6557 Field Instruction IIC 2
 SOW 6931 Elective 3

8th Semester–Spring 2020

Course Number  Title Credit Hours
SOW 8907 Capstone Project 1
SOW 6558 Field Instruction IIIA 2
 SOW 6931 Elective 3


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