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8. The CD Graduate Committee may also request formal interviews with prospective students prior to their formal acceptance.

Degree Requirements: A candidate for the Master of Science Degree in Community Development is required to meet the following:

1.

Fulfill the University.

general

requirements

for

a

graduate

degree

at

Delta

State

2.

Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate work as specified. At least one half of major field courses must be at “600” level.

  • 3.

    Earn a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major field and overall.

  • 4.

    In the first semester of graduate study, students are expected to choose a major professor/advisor from the graduate faculty teaching in community development within the Division of Social Sciences. Prior to choosing the major professor/advisor, the Coordinator of the Master of Science in Community Development (MSCD) program will serve as the advisor for the student. With this major professor/advisor, the student will complete a Plan of Study (POS) wherein the student will outline exactly what courses are to be taken and when, over the course of their tenure as a graduate student.

  • 5.

    Within the first year, students will identify two additional faculty members that will serve on their POS committee. At least one of the two remaining POS committee members must be from within the graduate faculty of the MSCD program.

  • 6.

    Before their POS committee, students must orally defend a thesis; or, the field practicum report.

Academic Program..............................................................................

  • 1.

    Required Core Courses ....................................................21 COD 575, COD 600, COD 635, COD 680, COD 685, COD 698 (Practicum-6 hours) or COD 699

  • 2.

    Electives as approved by major professor or graduate committee chair ..............................................................15

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MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Purpose: The Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice is a graduate degree designed for students who wish to pursue academic and/or professional roles in the criminal justice system.

Admission: Requirements for Admission are

1.

An undergraduate degree in the proposed area of study or a related area.

2.

a.

A minimum acceptable overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 with a 3.00 GPA minimum on all major and other relevant course- work completed during the applicant’s last 64 undergraduate hours.

OR

    • b.

      At least three years of successful relevant professional experience sup- ported by three letters of recommendation from practitioners in the field.

  • 3.

    A satisfactory score on a nationally recognized, standardized test of verbal skills.

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