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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.

2019-2020 Graduate Students

Doctoral Students:

Myungwoo Lee

Office:  Putnam 18
Police Effectiveness, Gender, Fear of Crime, Quantitative Analysis, Spatial Analysis (GIS)

 Chloe Robinson
Office:  Putnam 18


Chloe Robinson is a PhD Candidate who is currently working on her dissertation entitled, “Unsettling Settlements: Examining Police Misconduct Lawsuits in the City of Chicago”.  Chloe received her B.A degree in Criminology and Law Studies from Marquette University and her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She also has a M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.  Her research interests include police misconduct, police accountability, and race and gender issues within the criminal justice system.

Jenna Borseth
Office:  Putnam 24


Jenna is a third-year doctoral student in the NDSU Criminal Justice Department. She received her B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Minnesota State University of Moorhead and her M.S. in Criminal Justice from North Dakota State University.  Her research interests include community corrections, correctional interventions, sexual offenders, and public perceptions of offenders and offending.

 Kelsey Petrusic

Office:  Putnam 24

Kelsey Keimig

Masters Students:

Ava Barzani

 Dominic Davis

Dom received his B.S. degrees in Criminal Justice, Sociology, and Psychology at NDSU. He is currently working towards his Masters in Criminal Justice. He hopes to attend the University of North Dakota Law School where he would like to focus on Criminal Law.

 Robert Kniefel

Alex Menke

Office:  Putnam 30

Alex Menke is masters student in the Criminal Justice Program. Alex graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead in May '16 where he earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science. Alex’s research interests include Policing and Criminology.

Nik Schrank

Benjamin Seyfried

Crystal Towers

Crystal is a Master's student in the Department of Criminal Justice at North Dakota State University. She received her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology from North Dakota State University. Her research interests include correctional interventions and program evaluation.

Accelerated Masters Students:

Emily Berglind


  Mandy Doerr

Mandy L. Doerr is an Accelerated Masters Student in the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in the spring of 2019. Her research interests include federal law enforcement, child exploitation and maltreatment, and sex offender registration laws. 

 Cale Dunwoody

Natalie Harmon

Natalie Harmon is a second year student at NDSU as an Accelerated Master's student. She is in the United States Army Reserve as an Psychological Operations Specialist. Her scholarly interests include Federal Law Enforcement and Criminology.

Abigail Haughton


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

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions February 2014

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions August 2014

Reading Lists:



For admission information, please contact:
Dr. Andrew J. Myer, Assistant Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Contact Dr. Myer


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8567
Campus address: 104A Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address: 1349 12th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2315 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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