Provisions for the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

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Provisions for the Thesis and Non-Thesis Options
Some programs offer a thesis option and others do not.  Students, who do not have a thesis option or choose not to do one, are required to pursue the appropriate alternative as follows:

  • The Comprehensive Examination
    The comprehensive examinations in criminal justice, protection management and public administration are administered twice during the academic year.  The examinations are normally given at the end of the fall and spring semesters.  Each comprehensive examination covers the core requirements of the program in which it is given.  The examinations are not given during the summer semester.  Procedures and grading guidelines for the comprehensive examinations are available from graduate program directors.
  • Criminal Justice Comprehensive Review Course
    To meet the needs of students preparing for the criminal justice examination, the Criminal Justice Program offers a one-semester, 3-credit Comprehensive Review Course.  The course is an elective.  Students receive 3 credits and a grade determined by the student’s score on the comprehensive examination.  The Review Course is not required, but recommended. 
  • Criminal Justice Comprehensive Examination Without the Review Course
    Students, who do not take the Comprehensive Review Course, are eligible to take the comprehensive examination if they will have completed 30 credits during the semester in which the examination is given.  To take the comprehensive examination, these students must register by notifying the instructor of the Review Course at least two weeks prior to the last day of classes.
  • Retaking the Comprehensive Examination
    A student is allowed two successive attempts at passing the comprehensive examination.  Anyone, who has failed the examination twice, may be dismissed from the program.  However, in unusual circumstances at the discretion of the program director, a student may be permitted to take the examination a third time provided that a plan of study has been approved by the appropriate graduate program director.  If a student fails the comprehensive examination three times, the student will not receive a degree from the program in which the student is enrolled.