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Master of Criminal Justice
 
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is a 36 credit-hour degree program designed to provide students with advanced knowledge and skills to enable them to succeed in the field of Criminal Justice. The program emphasizes both the theoretical and applied aspects of Criminal Justice.

The MSCJ program is designed to meet the needs of students seeking a master's degree as a prerequisite for entry to the field, as well as the needs of students who are currently employed in the field and want to broaden their knowledge, skills, and abilities. This is accomplished by offering sufficient foundation courses for a student who did not major in criminal justice at the undergraduate level, as well as sufficient electives to accommodate students who did.

Students can elect a concentration in Homeland Security and take the courses listed below, or they can elect no concentration and take six courses from the Acceptable Electives list.

MSCJ Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:
  • Evaluate the fundamental concepts, roles and functions of criminal justice and the criminal justice system
  • Apply general management theories and practices to criminal justice administration
  • Demonstrate broad knowledge to work effectively in criminal justice or related disciplines
  • Acquire and synthesize new knowledge as a result of independent research using up-to-date information technology and evaluate findings with respect to their merit, worthiness, or importance
  • Design research studies and define appropriate statistical methods to be used, to address current problems in criminal justice
MSCJ Core Courses
CJ 200 Criminal Justice System
CJ 210 Criminal Law
CJ 230 Criminology
CJ 240 Criminal Justice Management
CJ 255 Criminal Courts System
CJ 260 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
 
Homeland Security Concentration
HS 200 Homeland Security
HS 230 Terrorism and Counterterrorism
HS 240 Emergency Preparedness & Vulnerability Assessment
HS 250 Critical Incident Response and Recovery
MGT 265 International Relations
MGT 270 Principles of Public Sector Management
MSCJ Acceptable Electives
CJ 205 Juvenile Justice
CJ 215 Corrections
CJ 220 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CJ 225 Law Enforcement
CJ 250 Criminalistics
MGT 201 Communication and Soft Skills
MGT 230 Leadership and Organization
MGT 270 Principles of Public Sector Management
MGT 271 Structure and Function of Government
 
 
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