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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.

2016-2017 Graduate Students

Doctoral Students:

Antonia Curtis
Putnam 18
Antonia is a first year doctoral student in the Department of Criminal Justice.  Her research interests include: criminological theory, public policy, early intervention, and the experiences of incarcerated parents and their children.  Antonia holds a BA in Sociology from California Baptist University, Riverside, CA and the MAS in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.  

Frank Heley
Research Interests:
Policing Practices and Misconduct, Violence, Deviant Behavior, Firearms and Human Trafficking, and Substance Use.

Carol Huynh
Putnam 30
Carol is a doctoral candidate in the Criminal Justice Department at North Dakota State University. She received her B.A. degree in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton and her M.S. degree in Psychology from North Dakota State University. Her research interests include: police misconduct, police accountability, perceptions of the police and police services, and police and race.

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

Thomas Mrozla
Putnam 30
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.

Chloe Robinson
Office:  Putnam 30

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 recently completed a M.S. in Academic Advising from Kansas State University.  Her research interests include: race and gender issues within the criminal justice system and minority police officers' experiences.  

Jennafer Vondal
Office:  Putnam 18
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.

Jenna Borseth
Putnam 24
Jenna received her B.A. degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology at the Minnesota State University of Moorhead.  She is currently working towards her master’s degree. Her main interests include: community corrections, correctional interventions, sexual offenders, and public perceptions of offenders.

Masters Students:


Ella Swenson

Vanessa Waller

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

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions February 2014

Past Theory-Methods Comprehensive Exam Questions August 2014

Reading Lists:



For admission information, please contact:
Dr. Amy Stichman, Assistant Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Dr. Amy Stichman


CJ graduate students attend the 2017 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences conference in Kansas City, MO, March 22-25, 2017.

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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8567
Campus address: CJPP 106
Physical/delivery address: 1616 12th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2315 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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