Nov 27, 2021  
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 2021-2022

Criminal Justice, Restorative and Transformative Justice Concentration, MS


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The Restorative and Transformative Justice concentration will provide students with a fundamental knowledge of restorative justice and the essential skills to work within the cutting edge movement of restorative justice. The three pillars of restorative justice are: (1) Harms and Needs: Who was harmed, what was the harm? How can it be repaired? (2) Obligations: Who is responsible and accountable and how can he/she repair the harm? (3) Engagement: Victims and Offenders have active roles in the Justice process. After being introduced to restorative justice concepts, theories and philosophy, students will explore approaches to restorative justice.

BSU faculty are in the forefront of innovative practice of restorative justice and will engage students in research while simultaneously offering a pragmatic approach.

Admission Requirements


  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 based upon four years of course work
  • GRE scores required for applicants with a GPA below 3.5
  • Three appropriate letters of recommendation, with preference given to academic letters of reference
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work
  • Statement of Purpose – a 750-word statement of purpose that describes the experiences that have influenced your decision to study or work within the discipline of criminal justice or criminology. Also, include academic topics of interest, your commitment to social justice and how you see these issues reflected in the areas of criminal justice.

Program of Study


Concentration courses (9 credits)


Exit requirement (6-8 credits)


Students may select either a thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis option


Total minimum credits: 33-35


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