- First, you must apply to a graduate program, such as the Criminal Justice program, by submitting an application to the School of Graduate Studies. Application materials can be accessed through the School of Graduate Studies website: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/gradadmissions/application/default.aspx
You should follow all of the instructions on the graduate application and include the additional materials that are required for admission. For example, you should include a statement of interest and objectives in pursuing graduate studies (a one- to two-page paper explaining why you are interested in the program), as well as three recommendation forms from professional colleagues, supervisors, or professors. Recommendation forms can be retrieved by accessing http://www.stcloudstate.edu/gradadmissions/_files/documents/recommendation.pdf.
- There is a $35.00 application fee. Payments should be made in the form of a check or money order and payable to St. Cloud State University. This fee is not refundable.
- You may turn in your application prior to receiving your test scores and recommendation letters; however, your application will not be considered until all of the materials have been received.
- One copy of ALL of your transcripts must be mailed directly to the School of Graduate Studies. These must be official copies that are mailed by the registrar of the college or university you previously attended. Students who graduate from Saint Cloud State University are not required to have their transcripts sent to the School of Graduate Studies office.
- You must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and your scores must be submitted to St. Cloud State University. You may set up a time and date to take the GRE at the Atwood Testing Center in the Atwood Memorial Center: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/testingcenter/
Atwood Testing Center
St. Cloud State University
Atwood Memorial Center Room A219
720 4th Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Office phone: (320) 308-5456
Office fax: (320) 308-6133
The application deadlines vary by program and are posted at: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/gradadmissions/application/deadlines.aspx
All application materials should be sent to:
School of Graduate Studies
St. Cloud State University
121 Administrative Services
720 Fourth Avenue South
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498
- A maximum of 10 semester credits completed at other accredited universities may be considered for application to the master’s degree. Additionally, the School of Graduate Studies has the following guidelines for graduate program transfer credits:
Acceptable as a Transfer Credit: To be accepted as transfer credit and applied towards a SCSU graduate degree, the following conditions must be met:
- Credit must be from a regionally accredited educational institution that is approved to offer graduate degree programs in the major field where the credit was earned at the time the credit was earned.
- Credit must be appropriate to the student's program.
- Course evaluation and approval by the student's major adviser and the School of Graduate Studies is required.
- At time of transfer, credit must be officially recorded on the approved program form.
Not Acceptable as a Transfer Credit: The following will not be accepted as transfer credit:
- Correspondence, individual or similar study.
- Credit earned at a location in Minnesota through a university headquartered in another state or country.
- Credit for courses conducted by proprietary groups.
- Credit applied towards another degree.
- Extended campus credit from a university that does not accept that credit for its own on-campus graduate programs.
- Workshops, continuing education courses and in-service training credits.
Additional Transfer Guidelines:
- The grade recorded for these credits must be a B or above, or an S or P in S/U or P/F grading systems.
- No transfer credit can be accepted that was earned more than seven years prior to completion of the degree.
- For the fifth-year program, a maximum of 10 semester credits of graduate and advanced undergraduate work earned after the awarding of a bachelor's degree may be accepted. A grade of C or better must have been achieved in the courses.
- With the prior approval of the graduate adviser and the graduate dean, a maximum of 16 semester credits of appropriate graduate credit may be transferred from other universities of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and applied to a program at St. Cloud State University.
- When transferring credit to a specialist degree program, a minimum of 20 of the last 30 credits must be taken at this institution.
- After the student's program of study has been approved, no additional transfer credits will be accepted unless the student has received prior approval via the petition process.
- Any questions or concerns about the transferability of credit earned at other institutions should be directed to the School of Graduate Studies before a student enrolls for that credit.
- The student must request that an official transcript be sent directly to the School of Graduate Studies by the institution awarding the credit. Official transcripts submitted from other institutions are for use in the applicant's admission process and pursuit of the degree at SCSU. These transcripts, or copies of them, cannot be issued to the student or other institutions.
To fill out Monitor Request Form:
- Download the Monitor Request Form (PDF) .
- The form must be filled out completely. Use one form to list all courses and exams. Your Monitor must sign the form or it will not be accepted. Your request may be delayed if any of the information requested on the form is missing or you do not follow the guidelines in selecting a monitor.
- Within one week after we have approved your monitor request, your test materials will be mailed. If your monitor request is not approved, or if we have any questions about your monitor, we will email you at your HuskyNet account.
- All testing must be completed at a testing facility (University, Community or Technical College).
If you live in Minnesota click here to locate a campus near your home: http://www.minnesotaonline.org/learning_resources/TestProctoring.html
If you live outside the state of Minnesota or you do not live near a MnSCU testing facility, you must find a University, Community or Technical College near you. The monitor you choose must have a four-year Bachelor's Degree, and cannot be a close friend, relative or direct supervisor. Click here to find a Testing Center near you: www.ncta-testing.org/cctc
Students are responsible for paying any proctor fees incurred, which includes providing the proctor with a postage-paid envelope for mailing the exams back to our office. Exams must be mailed back to our office as soon as the student is done taking them. The proctor is not to hold on to the exams. The exams must be mailed from the proctor’s office.
Students admitted to the Criminal Justice Master’s program may either choose to complete Plan A (Thesis) or Plan C (Professional Portfolio). Students interested in Law Enforcement may either choose to solely complete the law enforcement requirements or incorporate the requirements into a Criminal Justice Master’s Degree. The Public Safety Executive Leadership Program (PSEL, CJS) is a separate program designed for mid-level managers in public safety.
Students pursuing the Plan A option are required to complete a minimum of 15 credits in research courses, CJS 660, CJS 689, and a minimum of 15 credits in specialization courses for a minimum total of 36 credits. A Master’s thesis and final oral defense of the thesis are requirements for degree completion.
Students pursuing the Plan C option are required to complete a minimum of nine credits in research courses, CJS 660, CJS 689, 12 credits in applications and implementations courses (practicum), and a minimum of 15 credits in their specialization for a total of 42 credits. The final product prepared by the student is a professional portfolio. Preliminary and final oral examinations over the professional portfolio are required.
Please refer to the St. Cloud State Graduate Catalog for up-to-date curriculum requirements. The Graduate Catalog can be viewed electronically at http://bulletin.stcloudstate.edu/gb/programs/cjs.asp.
What is a practicum?
An internship at the undergraduate level is the equivalent to the practicum at the graduate level. Students who choose to pursue Plan C will choose an advisor-approved practicum site that facilitates the student’s career goals.
What are some examples of graduate-level practicum sites?
Criminal Justice Studies has 130 practicum sites in various local, state, and federal agencies. Some examples include:
Law Enforcement - City, County and State Police Departments, Private Security, Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Secret Service, Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), and more.
Institutional and Community - based Corrections - County, State, and Federal Probation and Parole Agencies, Department of Corrections (DOC) Minnesota Correctional Facilities (8 adult facilities, 2 juvenile facilities), Halfway Houses, Residential Facilities, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Group Homes, and more.
Rehabilitative and Victim Services – Chemical Dependency Facilities, Victim Services (Anna Marie’s), Sheriff’s Department, and more.
Legal - Local, Regional, National and International Law Firms, Corporations, Judicial Clerkships, County Attorney’s Office, Private Practices, and more.
I am interested in becoming a Licensed Peace Officer in Minnesota. What qualifications must I have?
- Please see the Peace Office Licensure Advisory: Minimum Selection Standards sheet for the minimum qualifications required to be a Peace Officer in Minnesota provided below.
Download the Peace Office Licensure Advisory: Minimum Selection Standards Sheet at http://www.dps.state.mn.us/newpost/pdfs/bars%20to%20licensure.pdf
Media Site Live on Becoming a Police Office in MN: http://mediasite.stcloudstate.edu/MediaSite/Viewer/
Media Site Live Video on Beginning your PPOE Program: http://mediasite.stcloudstate.edu/MediaSite/Viewer/
Media Site Live Video on Completing your PPOE-POST: http://mediasite.stcloudstate.edu/MediaSite/Viewer/
How many graduate level credits is Skills worth?
Skills is not worth any college credits for graduate students; however, students may obtain graduate level credits from the prerequisite courses for Skills. These prerequisite courses include:
- CJS 531: Criminal Procedure (undergraduate: CJS 431), which is worth three graduate credits, and
- CJS 521 and CJS 522, the Peace Officer Standards and Training courses (undergraduate: CJS 421 and 422), which are worth one graduate credit each.
- Students with Bachelor degrees are advised to take the Skills prerequisites at the graduate level for a total of five graduate credits.
PUBLIC SAFETY EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (PSEL)
What additional admissions requirements are needed to enroll in the PSEL program?
- Students who earned a Baccalaureate degree in related disciplines, including Social Sciences, Business Administration, and Education from an accredited institution are eligible for the PSEL program; they must submit an official transcript reflecting that they have earned a Baccalaureate degree.
- Complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
(Admissions also considers professional experience and goals, as well as academic achievement as reflected in the student’s Baccalaureate degree)
- Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from current public safety agency supervisors.
- Have two or more years of experience in a public safety agency
- The applicant must be employed full-time in a public safety agency.
- The applicant is required to include a statement of intent not exceeding five typewritten, double-spaced pages describing his or her prior education, relevant professional experience, career goals and how the Public Safety Executive Leadership Program may help them achieve those goals.
- Complete a SCSU Graduate School application ($35.00 nonrefundable application fee)
Who should attend the Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)?
- Police chiefs and sheriffs from departments of 50 or fewer sworn officers
- Deputy chiefs, chief deputy sheriffs, and captains and lieutenants from larger departments or agencies who supervise a large number of people.
- Sergeants and below may apply but will only be accepted based on the availability of seats.
Please do not register for this course unless you meet the above criteria. Questions may be directed to Dr. John Campbell, professor of Criminal Justice and director of the PSEL program.
Dr. John Campbell
A Master’s degree in Criminal Justice can:
- Prepare people currently working in the field for advancement into management and administrative positions.
- Allow for higher starting salaries for those people entering the field of Criminal Justice.
- Prepare students for careers in public policy and research by providing skills in statistics and research techniques.
All CJS Master's Degree candidates are advised to complete their three "Research" area courses, CJS 660 and CJS 689 during their first year of graduate study. Conditional Admission students are required to complete three Research courses and one additional course first in their program.
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