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Master of Science in

Criminal Justice

Program Description

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree prepares students for entry and advancement into a criminal justice related career. The field of Criminal Justice centers on the control of criminal behavior in the maintenance of public order. It includes the primary functions of law enforcement, prosecution, trial, corrections, juvenile offenders, handling evidence, crime scene investigation, and associated responsibilities. Students gain advanced knowledge of the justice system and law enforcement processes, from police patrol procedures, courts, terrorism, forensic science, correctional facilities, and probation and parole systems.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree, students should be able to demonstrate the following outcomes, based on successful completion of the corresponding courses:

  • Evaluate the scientific study of crime, criminals, the law-making process, the criminal justice system, and the treatment of offenders.
  • Utilize critical thinking, analytical, and interpersonal skills applicable to real-world problems.
  • Implement solutions for law enforcement, criminal investigation, and the management and
    administration of criminal justice related activities.
  • Advance in administrative and managerial positions in the criminal justice industry or related fields.
  • Apply advanced research in the collection, analysis, and reporting of criminal justice related information and empirical data.
  • Understand ethical practices as they apply in fields of criminal justice and identify and
    implement solutions to issues confronting practitioners in areas of criminal justice.

Program Plan for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Our Master’s degree programs consist of 8 core courses and 2 elective courses. Electives can be selected from eight pre-identified emphases: business law, coaching, cybersecurity law, finance, law enforcement management, legal studies, management, and project management, or two electives of the student’s choosing.

The core courses within the Criminal Justice program introduces students to key aspects of law enforcement, prosecution, trial, corrections, juvenile offenders, handling evidence and crime scene investigation.

CJS 500Criminal Law3
CJS 505Criminal Justice Ethics3
CJS 510Advanced Criminal Procedure3
CJS 520Criminology3
CJS 530Law Enforcement Management3
CJS 590Interview & Interrogation3
RES 500Research Methods3
CJS 699Graduate Capstone3

Students can identify and complete TWO (2) courses from a specific emphasis or take any TWO (2) elective courses to complete degree requirements.

Business Administration
Project Management
MGT 645 Project Management Essentials
MGT 646 Project Management Organizational Framework
MGT 647 Project Management Integration Framework
COH 540 Project Management Coaching
BUS 550 Business Finance
BUS 551 Corporate Financial Management
BUS 552 Innovative Finance and Venture Capital
BUS 553 Corporate Global Finance
COH 510 Coaching in the Workplace
COH 515 Personal Coaching
COH 520 Coaching Teams
COH 525 Executive Coaching
COH 530 Group Theory & Skills
COH 535 Group Work Practice
COH 540 Project Management Coaching
MGT 504 Sales Management
MGT 570 Advanced Strategic Management
MGT 620 Implementing Organizational Change
MGT 530 Marketing Management
BUS 580 Strategies for Change
Legal Studies
Cybersecurity Law
CSL 500 Cybersecurity Laws & Data Protection
CSL 503 Cybersecurity & Incident Response
Legal Studies
LGS 525 Contemporary Business Law
LGS 532 Intellectual Property Law
LGS 540 Wills & Trusts
LGS 620 International Business Law
LGS 625 Employment Law
LGS 542 Elder Law
LGS 640 Immigration Law
Business Law
BUS 600 Contract Law Fundamentals
BUS 620 International Business Law
BUS 623 Communications Law
LGS 620 International Business Law
LGS 623 Communications Law
Criminal Justice
Law Enforcement Management
CJS 545 Drug Enforcement
CJS 560 Dynamics of Family Violence
CJS 515 Technology in Law Enforcement
CJS 575 Police Administration
CJS 580 Terrorism & Homeland Security
CJS 585 Corrections

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