A Master of Science in Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in a wide variety of areas including law enforcement, juvenile justice, corrections, public safety and other justice and legal related fields. A graduate degree in Criminal Justice will help to propel the career of a Criminal Justice professional. The MSCJ program will emphasize both theoretical learning as well as reality based case studies. Students can also concentrate in Restorative Justice, a burgeoning area in the criminal justice field, will propel the career of a CJ professional as this area is in line with cutting edge theories to incarcerate less and rehabilitate more. Moreover, a concentration in Restorative Justice expands the appeal of a MS in CJ to educational professionals who, in large numbers, are beginning to change educational discipline from punishment driven to restorative justice.
Graduates of the M.S.C.J program will be able to:
- Demonstrate comprehensive of the theoretical foundations of the criminal justice system from initial contact with law enforcement officers through institutional release and/or post release supervision.
- Conduct and employ empirically-sound criminal justice-related research.
- Illustrate clear communication through graduate level writing and oral presentations.
- Understand how to apply historical and modern ethics and professional responsibility in the field of criminal justice.
The Graduate Criminal Justice Committee evaluates applicants based on the following criteria:
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Two letters of recommendation
- A current resume
- A personal statement addressing how a MSCJ degree will help the applicant with future goals
The MSCJ program is structured in a cohort timeframe whereby students take one to two courses at a time. All courses meet online.