- 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.
2015-2016 Graduate Students
Office: CJ 209
Research Interests: Policing, law enforcement ethics, and issues regarding race and gender.
Research Interests: Policing Practices and Misconduct, Violence, Deviant Behavior, Firearms and Human Trafficking, and Substance Use.
Research Interests: Biases and prejudice in the legal system; race/ethnicity.
Research Interests: Rachel's research interests include police effectiveness, police and race issues, and police policy.
Specialization: Police Effectiveness, Gender, Fear of Crime, Quantitative Analysis, Spatial Analysis (GIS)
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 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.
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.
Michael Lopez earned his A.B. in Literature from the University of California, Davis, and his M.A. and J.D. from the University of North Dakota, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Interdisciplinary Studies, and elected to the Order of the Coif. He has wide interests, and has written articles exploring law, literature, and philosophy including, most recently, "The Narrative Power of Authentic Class Litigation," in The Paradox of Authenticity in a Globalized World (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2014). Michael has experience as a litigation attorney, and as a Pegasus Scholar worked with QEB Hollis Whiteman, and 7KBW. He recently became Secretary of the Ronald N. Davies Inn of Court.
Email: vanessa.waller@my. ndsu.edu
Research Interests: Vanessa's research interests are gender inequalities in the criminal justice system and offender rehabilitation.
For admission information, please contact:
Dr. Amy Stichman, Associate Professor of Practice/Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Amy Stichman