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Criminal Justice Graduate Program

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:  12 hours of required courses and 18 to 24 hours of electives (18 hours if students complete a thesis, 24 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.