M.S.W./Criminology and Criminal Justice M.S.

Grace Abbott School of Social Work, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

School of Criminology & Criminal Justice, College of Public Affairs & Community Service

Vision Statement

There is much overlap in the clientele social worker and criminal justice professionals serve.  Correctional officers, probation/parole officers, and law enforcement professional are often placed in positions of addressing and counseling delinquents and criminals with several social maladies to manage.  Moreover, social work professionals in schools, private practices, and in the capacity of Health and Human Services agencies often work with delinquent and/or criminal populations.  In order to help criminal justice professionals better serve the people with whom they work, and for social workers to better understand criminal populations, the UNO Grace Abbott School of Social Work and the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate degree in which students can obtain a Masters in Social Work and a Master of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice simultaneously. 

A dual MSW/MS In Criminology and Criminal Justice would respond to the needs of the community by providing specialized training in working with delinquent and criminal populations.  The dual degree will provide highly qualified personnel trained to work in schools, Health Service agencies, criminal justice agencies, and non-profit organizations. 

Program Contact Information

Social Work Contact:

Dr. Kerry Beldin, Graduate Program Chair (GPC) Fall 2013

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 206C

402-554-2941

kbeldin@unomaha.edu

Dr. Peter Szto, Graduate Program Chair (GPC) Spring 2014

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 205

402-554-2330

pszto@unomaha.edu

 

Criminology and Criminal Justice Contact:

Dr. Lisa Sample

College of Public Affairs & Community Service (CB) 218

402-554-2610

lsample@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/graduate.php#mpa

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: January 15
  • Spring: NA
  • Summer: NA

Application Requirements:

  • Graduate online application for admission (http://www.unomaha.edu/graduate/prospective/applyforadmission.php)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended
  • $45 non-refundable application fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required (minimum scores established by the Graduate Council).
    • 500 for Written TOEFL
    • 173 for computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 for internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation - please provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders and a request form will be mailed directly to each recommender by UNO when you submit your online application.
  • Statement of Purpose (also known as Personal Essay) - a five page personal statement (specific criteria for the essay can be found at (http://www.unomaha.edu/socialwork/documents/MSW_admissions_info.pdf).
  • Updated (current) resume or work history
  • The MS application for Criminology and Criminal Justice is completed online adhering to the same admission criteria for the MSW degree.  The personal statement and letters of recommendation for admission to the MSW degree will be used by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice to admit students. 

MSW-CRCJMS Degree Requirements

Required Advanced Standing Courses (24 credits)

SOWK 8190Research & Computer Applications

3 credits

SOWK 8220Clinical Social Work with Individuals

3 credits

SOWK 8230Clinical Social Work with Groups

3 credits

SOWK 8250Social Work Practice with Families

3 credits

SOWK 8560Advanced Community Practice

3 credits

SOWK 8510Supervision and Personnel Administration

3 credits

SOWK 8540Social Welfare Planning

3 credits

SOWK 8290Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health

3 credits

Required Advanced Practicum Courses (6 credits)

SOWK 8400Advanced SOWK Practicum I - Agency

3 credits

SOWK 8410Advanced SOWK Practicum II - Agency

3 credits

Advanced Research: (select 1 course from the following courses) 3 hours

SOWK 8940Evaluation of Social Programs

3 credits

SOWK 8950Research Methods in Clinical Practice

3 credits

SOWK 8960Research Other Than Thesis

3 credits

CRCJ 8210Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

3 credits

Social Work Electives (6 hours)

Select two of the following courses as electives from any category of classes: (Social Issue/Policy/Service Delivery, Macro Practice, Clinical Practice, Grad/Ugrad Combined)
SOWK 8550Social Justice and Social Advocacy

3 credits

SOWK 8570Administration of Social Welfare Agencies

3 credits

SOWK 8600Permanence for Children

3 credits

SOWK 8610Family and Community Violence

3 credits

SOWK 8650Health/Mental Health Policy for Social Work

3 credits

SOWK 8900Special Studies in Social Welfare

1 - 3 credits

SOWK 8240Social Work Practice with Children

3 credits

SOWK 8260Social Work Practice with Older Adults

3 credits

SOWK 8270Social Work Practice with Sexual Concerns

3 credits

SOWK 8280Social Work Practice with Couples and Changing Family Structures

3 credits

SOWK 8420Advanced SOWK Practicum III - Agency

1 - 3 credits

SOWK 8516/COUN 8516Treatment Issues in Chemical Dependency

3 credits

SOWK 8686/COUN 8686Medical and Psychosocial Aspects of Alcohol/Drug Use and Addiction

3 credits

SOWK 8696/COUN 8696Assessment and Case Management in Substance Abuse

3 credits

SOWK 8806Social Work and the Law

3 credits

SOWK 8816Spirituality and Social Work Practice

3 credits

SOWK 8856/GERO 8856Hospice & Other Services for the Dying Patient/Family

3 credits

SOWK 8866Women's Issues and Sexism: A Social Work Perspective

3 credits

SOWK 8886Topical Seminar in Social Work

3 credits

SOWK 8016Social Work with American Indians

3 credits

SOWK 8026Social Work with the African American Family

3 credits

SOWK 8036Social Work with Latinos

3 credits

SOWK 8046/GERO 8696Working with Minority Elderly

3 credits

Required MS-Criminology and Criminal Justice Courses (12 credits)

CRCJ 8010Nature of Crime

3 credits

CRCJ 8020Seminar in Administration of Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 9020Seminar on Theories of Crime

3 credits

CRCJ 8970Capstone Project in Criminology and Criminal Justice

3 credits

Required MSW-CRCJMS Electives (6 credits; choose 2):

CRCJ 8040Seminar in Police and Society

3 credits

CRCJ 8050Seminar in Corrections

3 credits

CRCJ 8060Seminar in the Criminal Court System

3 credits

CRCJ 8080Seminar in Juvenile Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 8130Seminar in Women and Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 8210Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis

3 credits

CRCJ 8190Independent Study

1 - 3 credits

CRCJ 9150Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 8160Seminar in Community-Based Corrections

3

CRCJ 9170Seminar on Institutional Corrections

3 credits

CRCJ 9200Seminar on Violent Crime and Criminal Behavior

3 credits

CRCJ 8020Seminar in Administration of Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 8030Criminal Justice Research Theory and Methodology

3 credits

CRCJ 8070Seminar in Criminal Law and Procedure

3 credits

CRCJ 8090Seminar in Theoretical Criminology

3 credits

CRCJ 8100Criminal Justice Organization, Administration and Management

3 credits

CRCJ 8136Sociology of Deviant Behavior

3 credits

CRCJ 8180Criminal Justice Internship

3 credits

CRCJ 8230Terrorism

3 credits

CRCJ 8356Community-based Corrections

3 credits

CRCJ 8516Violence

3 credits

CRCJ 8800Special Problems in Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRCJ 8950Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice & Public Admin

3 credits

CRCJ 9010Seminar on Law and Social Control

3 credits

CRCJ 9030Seminar on Minorities and the Criminal Justice System

3 credits

CRCJ 9040Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice Systems

3 credits

CRCJ 9050Academic Writing

3 credits

CRCJ 9080/PA 9080Advanced Statistical Applications

3 credits

CRCJ 9100Special Problems in Statistical Analysis

3 credits

CRCJ 9130Advanced Research on Policing

3 credits

CRCJ 9180Seminar on the Criminal Court System

3 credits

CRCJ 9220Advanced Criminological Theory and Theory Construction

3 credits

CRCJ 9700Teaching Criminal Justice at the College/University Level

3 credits

CRCJ 9800Advanced Research Design

3 credits

CRCJ 9980Directed Readings in Criminology and Criminal Justice

1 - 6 credits

MSW-CRCJMS Exit Requirements:

Candidates for the dual MSW/MS in Criminology & Criminal Justice degree must pass a comprehensive exam administered by the School of Social Work in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year.

Total Credit Hours: 57

MSW-CRCJMS Other Requirements:

Students enrolled in the MSW program are required to meet all standards in the Academic Policies and Standards of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work; standards for academic, ethical, and professional behavior are described with adherence to all policies and procedures expected.

When a student performs at a level below the required standards for successful progress in the graduate program (i.e., GPA falls below 3.00, receipt of a grade below “B”, or other instances), the Office of Graduate Studies notifies the Master’s Program Coordinator for Social Work and Criminology & Criminal Justice. The Coordinator, along with the School Director and/or students’ supervisory committees, will follow the guidelines established in the Academic and Professional Standards of the GASSW and the School of Criminology & Criminal Justice with a decision on whether to dismiss the student from the program or place the student on academic probation with a set of expectations to be completed in order to be released from academic probationary status. If the student successfully completes those expectations, he or she will be taken off probation by the Office of Graduate Studies.

It is the expectation of the School that if the reason for probation is the receipt of a grade lower than “B”, then the student will retake that course and earn a grade of “B” or better. If the course is not offered for another year, the Coordinator and/or supervisory committee must meet with the student and review a new “Plan of Study” that provides a suitable substitute course. If the course is a required course, the student must take it again.

If the probation is the result of the student’s GPA falling below 3.0, then the student has one semester to raise the GPA back above 3.0.

In other instances, such as a student’s failure to make adequate academic progress in their program, students can be placed on probation, have academic funding stopped, or be dismissed from the program.