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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice graduate degree program will develop the critical skills necessary in today's advanced field of criminal justice including your ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, analyze complex problems, and develop positive public engagement.

You will establish an advanced understanding of the justice system and focus on current, complex law enforcement issues that will help build your leadership and analytical skills to confront any challenge efficiently and professionally.

Today's professionals must be tech-savvy and be able to employ emerging technologies efficiently and innovatively.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 33-hour degree program completed 100% online.

In addition to offering classes 100% online, CLS is also able to offer onsite options for students who want to attend class in person. However, availability of onsite courses is dependent on the number of students enrolled at each location.

Degree Topics Include:

  • Administrative leadership
  • Restorative justice
  • Drug abuse policy

 

  • Theoretical foundations of criminal justice
  • Criminal justice policy development
  • Ethical decision making for criminal justice

The College of Liberal Studies Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to accommodate working adults. When a student is admitted into the program – he/she is assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses necessary for completing the degree. 

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  • 33 credit hours required (18 Core / 9 Elective / 6 Completion)
  • Recommended enrollments are 6 hours fall and spring semesters, 3 hours in the summer.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is needed for graduation.

18 hours required

LSTD 5003 Intro to Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies (3 hours)
LSTD 5013 Interdisciplinary Foundations (3 hours)
LSTD 5063 Research Methods in for Criminal Justice (3 hours)
LSCJ 5113 Theoretical Foundations of Criminal Justice (3 hours)
LSCJ 5133 Criminal Justice Policy Development (3 hours)
LSCJ 5153 Ethical Decision Making for Criminal Justice (3 hours)

Electives are grouped into Certificate and focus categories for students interested in specific curriculum. However, elective courses may be taken in any combination.
9 hours of electives are required.

Corrections Management Certificate

LSCJ 5303 Correctional Leadership (3 hours)
LSCJ 5313 Special Populations: Race (3 hours)
LSCJ 5323 Juvenile and Elderly Offenders in Prisons (3 hours)
LSCJ 5333 Special Populations: Class (3 hours)
LSCJ 5343 Mental Illness and the Criminal Justice System (3 hours)
LSCJ 5353 Women in the Criminal Justice System (3 hours)
LSCJ 5363 Penology (3 hours)
LSCJ 5383 Collateral Effects of Incarceration (3 hours)

Other suggested courses that can be applied toward this certificate
LSCJ 5223 Community Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration (3 hours)
LSCJ 5463 Gangs in the United States (3 hours)

Restorative Justice Administration Certificate

LSCJ 5203 Victimology and Restorative Justice (3 hours)
LSCJ 5213 Conflict Mediation in the Criminal Justice System (3 hours)
LSCJ 5223 Community Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration (3 hours)
LSCJ 5243 Community Policing (3 hours)
LSCJ 5263 Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders (3 hours)
LSCJ 5283 Human Trafficking  (3 hours)

Other suggested courses that can be applied toward this certificate
LSCJ 5313 Special Populations: Race (3 hours)
LSCJ 5333 Special Populations: Class (3 hours)
LSCJ 5353 Women in the Criminal Justice System (3 hours)
LSCJ 5383 Collateral Effects of Incarceration (3 hours)
LSCJ 5463 Gangs in the United States (3 hours)
LSCJ 5553 Interpersonal Communications (3 hours)

Administration & Leadership Suggested Focus

LSAL 5113 Theories of Management and Leadership (3 hours)
LSAL 5133 Cultures of Organizations (3 hours)
LSAL 5173 The Individual and Leadership (3 hours)
LSAL 5313 Organizational Communications (3 hours)
LSAL 5333 Motivation in Work and Leadership (3 hours)
LSAL 5700 Financial Leadership in Organizations (3 hours)
LSCJ 5513 Police Leaders: Past, Present and Future (3 hours)
LSCJ 5533 Crime Analysis for Intelligence-Led Policing (3 hours)
LSCJ 5553 Interpersonal Communications for Criminal Justice (3 hours)
LSCJ 5573 Perspectives on Terrorism and Homeland Security (3 hours)
LSCJ 5583 Cyber-Forensics (3 hours)

Other suggested Aministration & Leadership courses

LSCJ 5243 Community Policing (3 hours)
LSCJ 5303 Correctional Leadership (3 hours)
LSCJ 5403 Drug Enforcement Operations and Management (3 hours)

Drug Abuse Policy & Management Focus

LSCJ 5403 Drug Enforcement Operations and Management (3 hours)
LSCJ 5413 Substance Abuse and Crime in the US (3 hours)
LSCJ 5423 Global Drug Trafficking (3 hours)
LSCJ 5443 Science-Based Drug Education (3 hours)
LSCJ 5453 Drug Courts (3 hours)
LSCJ 5463 Gangs in the United States (3 hours)
LSCJ 5483 Life Course Criminology (3 hours)

Other suggested Drug Abuse Policy & Management courses
LSCJ 5263 Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders (3 hours)
LSPS 5203 Drugs and the Brain (3 hours)

NOTE: Elective courses are offered on a rotational basis. Please check oZONE for specific semester availability.

6 hours required

LSTD 5940 Research Project
LSTD 5980 Thesis

OR 6 hours of Criminal Justice elective coursework and written comprehensive examination

Graduation: Check the Admissions Academic Calendar for these dates. Contact the College of Liberal Studies at least 6 weeks before the submission deadlines; these dates are firm and actions are required for graduation.

Overview

Graduate Certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. They may complete the Certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or may be admitted directly to the Certificate program. Hours taken in completion of the Graduate Certificate may be applicable to a graduate degree program. The admission, retention, and completion GPA requirements are the same as for graduate degree programs.

Corrections Management Graduate Certificate Program

Restorative Justice Administration Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May: 1