The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 36-hour program of study designed to provide students with a solid and broad-based understanding of the field of criminal justice. The program includes eight core courses that place emphasis on organizational and management theory, the development of practical skills relating to the administration of criminal justice agencies and the ability to apply theory and research to address and resolve practical problems.

Elective courses are also offered to satisfy the academic interests and professional needs of students who are either currently employed or seeking employment in criminal justice administration, law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and homeland security.

Prior to graduating, students must pass a weeklong comprehensive exam administered by the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Criminal Justice Concentration (12 credit hours)

You will choose two of the four courses in this concentration. Choose CSJS-50400 or CSJS-51500 and CSJS-50700 or CSJS-51500.

Security Studies Concentration (12 credit hours)

Electives (9 credit hours)

The online Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice requires completion of 3 elective courses selected by the student in conjunction with an advisor from the Department of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies. Students can take any courses as an elective, including courses in the Public Safety Administration (PSAD) program.

Additionally, courses from the Criminal Justice concentration are available as electives to the Security Studies concentration and vice versa.

Comprehensive Examination

The student must pass a weeklong comprehensive examination administered by the Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.

Become a Leader in Criminal Justice and Social Change

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