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.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • Develop analytical and critical thinking and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world 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.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE

Course Course Name Prerequisites Credits
CJ500 MSCJ Foundations None 3
CJ526 Prevention and Control of Crime CJ500 3
CJ541 Criminological Theory CJ500 3
CJ546 Advanced Criminal Investigation CJ541 3
CJ551 Methodology for Criminal Justice Research CJ541 3
CJ561 Community Corrections CJ500 3
CJ601 Proactive Criminal Justice Management CJ500 3
CJ606 Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice CJ500 3
CJ626 Law and Ethics in Criminal Justice CJ500 3
CJ645 Delinquency in America CJ500 3
MG641 Leadership and Organizational Behavior BA500 or CJ500 3
PA651 Public Budgeting CJ500 3
                           Total Credits Required 36