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Master of Criminal Justice


  • Restorative Justice


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.

Admission Requirements

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

MSCJ Policies

The MSCJ program is structured in a cohort timeframe whereby students take one to two courses at a time. All courses meet online.

Core Requirements