Advancement to Candidacy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Traditional Thesis M.A. Option:
    • Completed all required course work except thesis,
    • or
    • Professional M.A. Option:
    • Completed all required course work except Comprehensive Examination;
  3. Completed all course work taken before advancement to candidacy with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B"). Completed all course work with no more than one course with a grade as low as "C." If a second such grade is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program, but may petition the graduate admission committee for readmission. After reviewing the petition, the committee may allow readmission under such conditions as it deems appropriate. A third grade of "C" or lower will result in permanent dismissal from the program with no recourse to petition;
  4. For the traditional thesis option: made arrangements for three faculty members, in consultation with the criminal justice graduate coordinator, to serve as the student's graduate advisory committee, with one member designated to chair the committee;
  5. Submitted a formal program of graduate studies to the criminal justice graduate coordinator as approved by the graduate committee. This should be done no later than the end of the second quarter of graduate work;
  6. Petitioned the graduate committee, during the quarter in which all course work is to be completed, for formal advancement.
The graduate committee will then consider the student's scholastic performance and other circumstances and either grant advancement to candidacy, specify necessary preparatory studies, or recommend other courses of action.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 units of acceptable graduate level work, with at least 32 quarter units completed in residence at this university;
  2. Completion of course work and an acceptable thesis and final oral defense,
    • or
    • Completion of course work and registration in and completion of the comprehensive examination with a grade of credit (Plan II below);
  3. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368.

For more information please visit our website. Department of Criminal Justice