The Master of Science in Juvenile Justice Program was formally approved in January 1999 and offered its first classes beginning August 1999. The program is based on a multidisciplinary study of all facets of the juvenile justice system. The disciplines of sociology, criminology, psychology, economics, administration, methodology, and statistics are built into the program. Our faculty has experience and expertise encompassing the broad spectrum of the juvenile justice system.
The Master of Science degree in Juvenile Justice is designed to prepare graduates to actively participate in the development of knowledge in juvenile justice and develop their skills as practitioners in the system. The curriculum is broad enough to satisfy these various interests. Students should confer with their academic advisor to develop a combination of elective courses that will support their particular career interests.
The purpose of graduate education is to provide students with coursework that requires critical analysis and study in a specialized field. One of the core values of Prairie View A & M University is to inspire and guide students to become successful leaders in their professions and their communities. The College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology fulfills this objective by offering graduate education in the new field of juvenile justice. The emphasis of the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology is scientific, because it is assumed that graduates will be better qualified to participate in the profession if they are prepared as research-oriented students of juvenile crime and delinquency. In most of our course-work, juvenile crime and delinquency are viewed as social phenomena and are analyzed with methodologies developed in the social and behavioral sciences.
The educational objectives of the Master of Science in Juvenile Justice are designed to:
- Enhance students’ knowledge, skills, and resourcefulness related to detained and institutionalized juveniles in the Juvenile Justice S Increase students’ knowledge of theoretical explanations and the etiologies of juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime
- Assure that students develop knowledge of the humanistic, technical, and scientific aspects of juvenile delinquency and juvenile crime
- Increase students’ knowledge concerning effective methods to intervene and prevent juvenile delinquency
- Increase students’ skills in how to conduct research and evaluate programs related to juvenile delinquency
- Expand students’ knowledge of programs and policies related to juvenile delinquency
THE MSJJ Program requires the completion of 36 semester credit hours. Two options are available for students: thesis and non-thesis. Students opting for the thesis option must successfully complete 30 hours work in addition to 6 hours of thesis. The non-thesis option requires successful completion of 36 hours of course work and passing the comprehensive examinations. Students enrolled on a full-time basis completes the program in two years.
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