The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a multidisciplinary, broad-based program that includes study in the overall criminal justice discipline and stresses the application of theory and research to current managerial and societal issues. Criminal justice policy, research methods, data analysis principles, and criminological theory are introduced early in the program so students can gain skills in applying theory and research as they investigate various managerial and ethical challenges.

The same course may not be used to fulfill multiple requirements in this degree program.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree requires completion of twelve (12) courses for thirty-six (36) credits. A baccalaureate degree will qualify applicants to enter this program. Whether gained through undergraduate study or workplace experience, a familiarity with basic statistics and introductory calculus is required.

Program Objectives

  • Develop analytical and critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to realworld problems.
  • Obtain a thorough knowledge of management skills specifically needed to develop a proactive, ethical approach to organizational management of a criminal justice agency.
  • Gain knowledge of advanced theory and applications of criminal justice practice in the field as well as within an agency including investigative techniques, criminal theory, ethical leadership, crisis negotiation, community policing, crime prevention and control, and interagency cooperation.
  • Perform critical analysis of criminal justice-oriented research and research design.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program consists of twelve courses (36 credits).

M.S. in Criminal Justice Foundation Courses Three courses (9 credits)

M.S. in Criminal Justice Core Courses Nine courses (27 credits)

M.S. in Criminal Justice Recommended Degree Plan

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Term Course No. Course Name Credits
1 CJ500 MSCJ Foundations 3
CJ526 Prevention and Control of Crime 3
MG641 Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3
2 CJ541 Criminological Theory 3
CJ626 Law and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJ551 Methodology for Criminal Justice 3
3 CJ606 Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CJ645 Delinquency in America 3
CJ601 Proactive Criminal Justice Management 3
4 CJ546 Criminal Investigation 3
CJ561 Community Corrections 3
CJ650 White Collar Crime 3
Total Credits Required for Master’s Degree: 36