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Graduate Program

  • North Dakota State University offers both a Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminal Justice, designed to train graduate students in a field that is increasingly marketable. These graduate programs permit students to engage in focused study of the problems of crime, crime control, and the criminal justice system while simultaneously developing a strong foundation in related areas of criminological theory, research methods, and administration.
  • More specifically, the education and training of Master’s degree students in this field will (1) furnish practicing professionals with advanced knowledge of justice administration, criminal justice policy, behavioral elements of crime, and research skills; (2) provide students with conceptual and research skills that would facilitate coursework in a subsequent Ph.D. program; and (3) enhance the thinking skills of leaders in the criminal justice system by improving supervisory standards, facilitate critical thinking, and promoting ideas of social change.
  • Doctoral students are prepared to conduct research in the various areas of criminological theory, crime control, and correctional and police administration and to pursue teaching and/or research positions in academia or research positions within the criminal justice system itself. The curriculum will afford training to students in four areas: 1) criminological theory, 2) advanced research skills, 3) teaching in academia, and 4) specialization in one of three areas – Criminology, Corrections, and Policing.

2014-2015 Graduate Students

Doctoral Students:

Maria Buchholz (No photo available)

Tyler Cowley
Office:  CJ217
Tyler received a B.S. in Sociology from Kansas State University and a M.A. from Drury University.  His criminal justice interests include illegal drugs and their impact on social interaction and American street gangs, as well as racial issues in criminal justice.

Thorvald Dahle
Office:  CJ209
Research Interests:  Policing, law enforcement ethics, and issues regarding race and gender.

Frank Heley (No photo available)
Office:  CJ208
Research Interests:
Policing Practices and Misconduct, Violence, Deviant Behavior, Firearms and Human Trafficking, and Substance Use.

Carol Huynh
Research Interests:
Biases and prejudice in the legal system; race/ethnicity.

Rachel Jordan
Office:  CJ208
Research Interests: 
Rachel's research interests include police effectiveness, police and race issues, and police policy.

Myungwoo Lee
Police Effectiveness, Gender, Fear of Crime, Quantitative Analysis, Spatial Analysis (GIS)

Thomas Mrozla
Research Interests:  Tom's central research interests include investigating the relationship between different minority groups and the criminal justice system, specifically the police.  His Master's thesis investigated how a suspect's race and gender would influence the likelihood that a stop would result in a suspect being frisked, arrested, or having force used against them in the five boroughs of New York City.

Jennafer Vondal
Jennafer is a first year doctoral candidate in the Department of Criminal Justice. Her research interests include: biosocial criminology, life-course and transitional criminology, criminological theory, intervention and prevention program evaluation, and policy analysis. Jennafer received her B.S. in Biology and Sociology-Law, Crime, and Deviance from the University of Minnesota and her M.S. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.

McKenzie Wood

Office:  CJ217

Masters Students:

David Donahue
Research Interests:  David received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University in Criminal Justice, minoring in Psychology.  His areas of interests in the Criminal Justice field include race, ethnicity, biases, and crime rates.  Specifically, David is interested in crime and policing within reservations and surrounding communities.

Ella Swenson
Office:  CJ216

Alexandra Marcel
Office:  CJ219

Allison Noe

Vanessa Waller

Office:  CJ212
Email: vanessa.waller@my.
Research Interests:
Vanessa's research interests are gender inequalities in the criminal justice system and offender rehabilitation.


Accelerated Master's Program Requirements

Graduate Handbook

Master's Requirements

Ph.D. Requirements

Past Policing Comprehensive Exam Questions Fall 2012

Past Policing Comprehensive Exam Questions Spring 2013

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions January 2008

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions February 2012

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions April 2012

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions February 2013

Reading Lists:



For admission information, please contact:
Dr. Carol Archbold, Associate Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Carol Archbold



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Last Updated: Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:17:52 PM