Students who complete the Masters in Criminal Justice will be able to:
- Integrate the evolution of important criminological theories with the development of contemporary criminal justice policy.
- Critique the criminal justice system including the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that impact it.
- Compare and contrast contemporary CJ issues through the application of current theories and literature as they impact the American CJ system .
- Construct and evaluate research designs and methods that evaluate agency programs, or investigate empirical or theoretical issues relating to criminal justice.
- Articulate knowledge and appreciation for diversity (including, but not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion) and its effects within the context of the criminal justices system.
- Analyze and evaluate contemporary homeland security issues as they relate to criminal justice based on an understanding of the domestic and international processes affecting homeland security.
- Construct an argument for the relationship between current theories of emergency management and their practical application within the American criminal justice system.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program requires 30 credits (semester hours) of interdisciplinary study in criminal justice divided between the core requirements and concentration. All students take 18 credits of core courses which provide students with graduate-level understanding of criminal justice. Students complete 9 credits of courses in the concentration. Students must complete a 3-credit capstone course at the end of the program.