The MS in criminal justice prepares graduates for leadership in management positions in criminal justice and social service agencies, or entry into doctoral study. The program places emphasis on the development of skills in critical thinking, communication, and applied research.
Our program consists of 36 hours: 15 hours of required courses and 15 to 21 hours
of electives (15 hours if students complete a thesis, 21 if students take comprehensive
exams). Classes are diverse and include courses in corrections, policing, courts,
comparative/cross cultural issues, minorities and gender issues, victimology, white
collar crime, terrorism, ethics, and popular culture. Required courses focus on the
system as a whole, theory, research methods, and professional development. Students
may complete the program in two years if they attend full-time. Part-time students
are welcome. All courses are offered in the evening and some are available online
and/or in the summer.