Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Program Format
Entry Terms
Fall: September 16, 2019, and October 28, 2019
Winter: January 6, 2020, and February 18, 2020
Credits Required for Graduation
45 Quarter Hours


Designed for professionals in law enforcement, public courts, private security, and corrections organizations, the Master of Science in Criminal Justice provides a path to excellence for leaders in criminal justice.

The program’s core curriculum covers areas such as leadership theories and practices, legal decision making, current and emerging anticrime strategies, and the theoretical, ethical, and constitutional foundations of American criminal justice institutions. Beyond the core curriculum, students complete operational courses focused on management, planning, finance, and research.

Supplementing the curriculum are concentrations in the areas of community and family justice, corrections management, leadership, and security, allowing you to gain content-specific expertise in your area of interest.

Program Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the increasingly complex criminal justice environment
  • Understand the short- and long-term benefits of ethical decision making
  • Identify and apply leadership theories and practices that contribute to the commitment of an effective, efficient, and equitable administration of public safety
  • Build a personal model of leadership that can be put into action in the workplace
  • Evaluate major substantive topics and criminal behavior trends, including street violence, gangs, guns, drugs, human trafficking, terrorism, and cybercrime
  • Examine current and emerging anticrime strategies such as community policing, intelligence-led policing, and multijurisdictional intelligence fusion operations
  • Discover how technology can be utilized to prevent and respond to criminal activity

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