Master of Science in Criminal Justice Online Graduate Student Policies and Procedures Manual SPRING 2015

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1 Master of Science in Criminal Justice Online Graduate Student Policies and Procedures Manual SPRING 2015

2 ONLINE MSCJ DEGREE REQUIREMENTS The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) online program requires satisfactory completion of 36 hours beyond the bachelor s degree. The degree requires each student to complete a capstone course their final semester. The courses required under each option are listed below: The Internet versions of courses required for this distance learning degree will be phased in over a two year period. The first year will be devoted to putting the foundations course, all required (core) courses online, and one CJUS elective online. The will allow the program to be offered online beginning in Fall The second year will be devoted to placing additional CJUS electives online. Year I Fall Semester: (Foundations and Core Course) CJUS 5000 Criminal Justice Policy CJUS 5700 Research Methods in Criminal Justice CJUS 5xxx- Criminal Justice Elective Spring Semester: (Core Courses & CJUS Elective) CJUS 5600 Criminal Justice Theory CJUS 5500 Criminal Justice Administration Summer Semester: (Core Courses) CJUS 5900 Elective/Capstone Course Year I1 Fall Semester: (CJUS Courses) Spring Semester: CJUS 5900 Capstone Course in Criminal Justice* CJUS 5xxx CJ Elective *Students enroll and complete requirements for 5900 (Capstone) during their second year in the program as decided upon by the student and the online MSCJ program coordinator.

3 POLICIES Two C Rule The graduate committee in the Department of Criminal Justice will recommend dismissal of a student from the online program if the student receives two course grades of C or below (for purposes of this rule, the first grade received in a course is used). The departmental graduate committee is comprised of the graduate advisor and two departmental faculty members who are currently serving as graduate faculty for the University. If the departmental graduate committee recommends the dismissal of a student under this policy, the student may provide a written appeal to the departmental graduate committee for consideration. The decision to reinstate a student after dismissal is recommended is solely at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee. If a student who is reinstated receives a third grade of C or below, the student will be dismissed from the program without further recourse. For the purposes of this policy, a grade of C can count toward the MSCJ degree but a grade of D or F cannot. Degree plan During the first or second semester in the Online MSCJ program, the student must submit a degree plan to the graduate school through the departmental graduate advisor. The degree plan must be approved by the departmental graduate advisor and the graduate school. Once filed, any changes to the degree plan must be approved by the graduate advisor. Therefore, if you plan on taking a course that is not on your degree plan you must notify the graduate advisor for approval and so that necessary changes to your degree plan can be made. Transfer of Courses into the Online MSCJ A maximum of 6 graduate hours taken at UNT outside of Criminal Justice may be applied to the Online MSCJ degree. Any courses taken outside of Criminal Justice must be approved by the graduate advisor/mscj online coordinator prior to enrollment in the course. Students who have changed majors to Criminal Justice from another department at UNT may be able to use 6 hours of the coursework toward the degree. These courses must be approved by the graduate advisor. No MSCJ face-to-face classes will be allowed credit towards the online degree. Exceptions can be made by the graduate advisor and online coordinator however, this seldom happens. Directed Studies A maximum of 6 hours of CJUS 5850 Directed Studies may be applied to the MSCJ degree. Directed studies can be arranged with any graduate faculty member within the Department of Criminal Justice. A Directed Studies Plan for CJUS 5850 Form must be completed by the student and faculty member. The plan must then be submitted to the graduate advisor. A Directed Studies Plan for CJUS 5850 Form can be obtained online at click Forms under Graduate. Transfer Hours A maximum of 9 hours of transfer work from another University may be applied to the MSCJ degree. The acceptance of transfer work is at the discretion of the graduate advisor and online coordinator. If you would like to transfer hours from another University into the MSCJ program, please contact the online coordinator as other restrictions beyond those stated may apply.

4 Progress toward the Degree Students are expected to maintain continual progress toward completion of the MSCJ degree. The following policies ensure our students maintain progress toward the degree. 1) Students must enroll in criminal justice classes within one (1) year of being admitted into the MSCJ program. 2) Students must also enroll in at least one (1) course each year that will count toward their MSCJ degree. 3) Students have one (1) year after completing their coursework on their MSCJ degree to take comprehensive exams or defend their thesis proposal. Students who fail one or more sections of the comprehensive exams have one (1) year to retake the exams. Students have one (1) year after defending their thesis proposal to defend the final version of their completed thesis. Students who fail to meet the above requirements will be dismissed from the MSCJ program. Students who are dismissed under this policy may provide a written appeal to the departmental graduate committee for consideration. The decision to reinstate a student after dismissal is solely at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee. Students who violate the above policies twice will be dismissed from the MSCJ program without further recourse. Incomplete Grades The grade of I is assigned when extraordinary circumstances prevent the completion of coursework within the time frame of a given semester. What constitutes extraordinary circumstances meriting the grade of I is solely at the discretion of the course instructor. To remove the grade of I, the student must complete the coursework remaining in a time frame determined by the course instructor. However, a student must remove a grade of I within one year of receiving the initial grade by completing the stipulated work and processing a Student Request to Remove Grade of I form. The form can be obtained from the Department of Criminal Justice. The student must process the paperwork as stipulated on the form. If a student does not complete the stipulated work and process the appropriate form within one year, the instructor may change the grade of I to a grade of F, if appropriate Level Courses 4000 level courses cannot be applied to the Online MSCJ degree. Time Limitations All requirements for the MSCJ degree must be completed within 5 years. As individual courses exceed these time limits, they lose all value for degree purposes. Students anticipating they will exceed the time limit should apply to the graduate school for an extension before the normal time period to complete the degree expires. Holding a full-time job is not considered in and of itself sufficient grounds for granting an extension. All students must make a determination if they are in the on campus MSCJ program or the online MSCJ. If an online MSCJ student wants to transfer over to the on-campus MCSJ they must go through a new application process and contract the graduate advisor for more information. The on-campus program has different admission requirements than the online MSCJ program. Only 9 hours of oncampus courses will transfer to the online program. Extraordinary circumstances can be determined by the online MSCJ Coordinator and the graduate advisor.

5 Reinstatement Students who are dismissed from the MSCJ program for any reason may reapply after one year of the date of the dismissal. Students must submit a new application, and the personal statement should contain an explanation of why the student failed to meet the requirements that led to dismissal and why the student feels he or she will be successful upon reinstatement. The decision to reinstate a student after dismissal is solely at the discretion of the departmental graduate committee. If reinstated, students will lose credit for all coursework in which they earned a grade of C or below

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