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The Master's degree in Criminal Justice is a rigorous academic program. It helps upper-level managers and administrators develop their critical thinking skills and will provide you with an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and the criminal justice system. It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes.

A special benefit of the program is that it will prepare you not only to administer the current system, but also to become a pioneer in evaluating and changing it so that it is more responsive to the needs of the community.

Course Description

Besides the classic criminal justice curriculum, students will learn about the most pressing current issues through special interest seminars. Topics have included gang mentality, social class, and crime and hate crimes. Research efforts provide another channel for students to become familiar with the issues. Another plus for students is that each degree is tailored to their individual needs and interests.

As an academic and professional field of study, this program is dedicated to preparing men and women not only to administer the system as it presently exists but also to evaluate, to analyze and to change - to become pioneers in accelerating the shaping of a rational and responsive criminal justice system. The program's balanced theoretical and practical mix fully prepares individuals for the complex challenges facing today's public leaders in the state, region and nation.

The MCJ program provides an interdisciplinary perspective on crime and the criminal justice system. It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes. Individual courses focus on personnel and financial administration, systems analysis, policy analysis, organizational theory and behavior, and program development within the criminal justice system. The MCJ program is flexible, allowing students to design an individualized course of study.

Course Curriculum

The program requires 39-42 credit hours:
Core Courses (12 Hours):
  • CJ 5001 Criminal Justice Systems, Policy and Practice
  • CJ 5002 Criminology Theory
  • CJ 5005 Law and Society
  • CJ 5321 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Elective Courses (21 Hours):
  • 12 hours must be in Criminal Justice; electives should be selected in consultation with advisor.
Intership (3 Hours):
  • CJ 6910 Field Study in Criminal Justice
Required of those students who have not had practitioner experience. CJ 6910 counts as an elective.
Capstone OR Thesis (3-6 Hours)
  • CJ 5361 CAPSTONE Seminar
  • CJ 6950 Master's THESIS
Contact academic advisor for more information.

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