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1.0 Rationale

Understanding crime remains a major concern of all societies in the world. Rapid change demands advanced skills in crime prevention and security management. These are requisite for stable social order and vibrant economic development. In presenting Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice, the department is meeting national needs in educating resource persons who are aspiring to take up leadership positions in the field of criminal justice system and in law enforcement agencies. This programme therefore offers the knowledge, skills and techniques required by a reformed criminal justice system and security sector. Crime has become a major impediment to development in most developing countries. Effective prevention, control and management of crime is essential in that it provides conducive environment for development. This programme therefore, intends to inculcate a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of contemporary skills, theoretical perspectives and policy issues within criminology and criminal justice. The programme also provides an opportunity for new entrants and those already working in criminal justice or related agencies. The programme therefore will benefit clients from; police service, criminal justice, correctional institutions, private security firms, consultancies, teaching and research.

2.0 Programme Objectives

The aim of the course is to produce qualified personnel required for effective prevention, control and management of crime. It is also intended to enhance staff establishment in respective institutions and agencies. The main objectives of the programme are: -

  1. to advance the undergraduate foundation in criminal and security studies in the realization of professional competencies;
  2. To equip graduates from various academic backgrounds with knowledge and skills required by the security organizations and governments;
  3. To produce scholars who are able to apply their knowledge and skills in security consultancies, teaching and research


3.0 Programme Learning Outcomes

The post graduates will be able to use acquired knowledge and skills to:-

  1. Analyse criminal and security issues in Society
  2. Provide required professionalism and skills in various security organizations and governments
  3. Provide consultancies, teaching and research in various organizations and governments.
  4. Undertake further studies.
  5. Develop relevant policies in criminology and criminal justice systems.

4.0 Admission Requirements

i) Egerton University admission rules shall apply; however, admission shall also be open to holders of a first degree in Arts, Social Science law or any other related disciplines, with at least second class honours (Upper Division) or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution;

ii) Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements specified above may be required to appear for an interview by the department (either oral or written) to determine their eligibility. .

5.0 Course Structure and Duration

  1. The Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice programme shall extend for a period of 4 semesters;
  2. Students taking the programme on a part-time basis shall extend for a period of at least 18 Months but should complete in a period not exceeding 36 Months;
  3. Students may be allowed to defer their studies for only one academic year on valid reason(s) communicated in writing to and accepted by the University senate;
  4. The Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice will be taken either in the combinations of coursework, examination and thesis or coursework, examination and project;
  5. The programme shall consist of a minimum of thirty credit factors of course work which will be distributed over two semesters. The thesis shall consist of fifteen credit factors. The project shall consist of four credit factors, while seminars shall consist of two credit factors and three additional courses each with three credit factors;
  6. The course work and examination shall be done and completed in the first year of study for full time student submitting a thesis;
  7. Students taking Project and Examination shall comply with the Graduate School Regulations in the second year of study;
  8. In the first year of study, students shall be required to take a total of ten courses i.e. for all taking the thesis option. The rest shall have to take additional 3 courses according to departmental regulations. The candidates shall choose one elective area out of the available areas of specialization;
  9. In the second year of study, students shall have to write and present their research proposals, carry out research and submit a thesis, or a project, based on the area of specialization;

Course Coding
The course will be coded CRIM. The first digit 7 shall represent the year of graduate study while 1st digit shall represent level of study. The second digit (0) represents compulsory courses and the third represent elective courses.

6.0 Examination Regulations

All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute No. 39 of 2013.

7.0 Graduation Requirements

The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with Egerton University Statute No. 39 of 2013.

8.0 Degree Classification

To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

9.0 Degree Classification

Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statue 39 of 2013.


    CRIM 701Theories of Crime 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 702 Qualitative Research Methods 45 03.0
    CRIM 703 Kenyan Penal System 45 03.0
    TOTAL 1350 9.0

    CRIM 711 Cyber Crime and Information Security 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 712 Forensic Psychology and Technologies 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 713 Corporate and Economic Crime Management 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 714 Media and Crime 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 715 Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime 45 0 3.0

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    CRIM 704 Quantitative Research Methods 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 705 Criminal Justice Management 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 706 Public Administration 45 0 3.0


    SECU 710 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 716 Criminal Justice Management Contemporary Problems in Criminology 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 717 Domestic Crimes and Community Policing 45 0 3.0
    CRIM 718 Culture, Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice 45 0 3.0

11.0 Examination Schedule

The examination schedule for all courses is provided regularly by the Directorate of Examination and Timetabling at the beginning of each semester.