Master of Science in Criminal Justice Studies and Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

Overview

The 84-credit dual Master of Science in Crime & Justice Studies/Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSCJS/MSMHC) program consists of 26 courses; eight in the Crime & Justice Studies Program (MSCJS) and 18 in the Mental Health Counseling Program (MSMHC). The dual degree must be declared during the first year of matriculation. Mental Health Counseling degree requirements must be completed during the first two years of full-time MSMHC program matriculation, beginning in the fall semester.

Upon completion of all MSCJS and MSMHC requirements, students receive two degrees.

MSCJS/MSMHC Dual Degree Requirements: 26 courses, 84 credits

Crime and Justice Studies Requirements: 8 courses, 24 credits

MSCJS Core Requirements (3 courses, 9 credits)

CJ-681Crime and Communities

3

CJ-701Seminar in Crime & Justice

3

CJ-709Quantitative Analysis

3

MSCJS Electives (5 courses, 15 credits)

Choose five of the following:

CJ-685Seminar in Corrections

3

CJ-686Seminar in Juvenile Justice

3

CJ-687Justice & the Community Courts

3

CJ-688Restorative Justice

3

CJ-691Intimate Violence & Sexual Assault

3

CJ-692Criminal Justice Policy

3

CJ-694Critical Victimology

3

CJ-695Special Topics

3

CJ-698Community-Based Responses to Violence Against Women

3

CJ-704Legal Issues in Criminal Justice System

3

CJ-705Class, Race, Gender & Justice

3

CJ-730Women, Crime, and the Media

3

CJ-731Youth Programming

3

CJ-734Youth Gangs

3

CJ-783Internship in Crime & Justice Studies

3

CJ-910Independent Study

3

Mental Health Counseling Requirements: 18 courses, 60 credits

MSMHC Core Requirements (5 courses, 15 credits)

COUNS-712Life Span Development

3

COUNS-715Methods of Research

3

COUNS-728Professional Orientation: Ethical/ Legal Issues

3

COUNS-733Counseling Diverse Populations

3

COUNS-735Group Counseling

3

Counseling Requirements (8 courses, 30 credits)

COUNS-713Counseling: Theory & Practice

3

COUNS-716Psychological Diagnosis

3

COUNS-717Introduction to Psychological Testing

3

COUNS-737Counseling Skills Lab

3

COUNS-738Mental Health Counseling Practicum I

3

COUNS-739Mental Health Counseling Practicum II

3

COUNS-740Counseling Internship I

6

COUNS-741Counseling Internship II

6

Note: COUNS-740 and COUNS-741 are each taken for 6 credits.

Special Treatment Issue Requirement (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

COUNS-727Substance Abuse & Treatment

3

COUNS-729Human Sexuality Seminar

3

Note: Other option may be taken as an elective.

MSMHC Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Choose four 3-credit courses from the following:

COUNS-725Forensic Psychological Assessment

3

COUNS-726Family Therapy

3

COUNS-732Psychological Disorders of Childhood & Adolescence

3

COUNS-910Independent Study

1-3

Note: Students may choose COUNS-727 or COUNS-729 as an elective if not taken to fulfill the Special Treatment Issue Requirement.

MSMHC Practicum and Internship

It is during the Counseling Skills Lab (COUNS-737) and the Mental Health Counseling Practica (COUNS-738 and COUNS-739) that a student demonstrates the ability to translate training into professional judgments and techniques. Students are required to apply formally for the Counseling Internship and to consult with their faculty advisors regarding their field placements. The Counseling Skills Laboratory and the Practicum must be completed with a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher. After two failed attempts to satisfactorily complete the clinical practicum and/or internship, students will be subject to dismissal from the program at the discretion of faculty. Student engagement in unethical behavior as defined by the American Counseling Association (ACA) will be subject to discipline, including potential dismissal from the program, at the time the indiscretion occurs.

About the Dual Degree

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