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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 and 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.

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)

9 hours required

Administration & Leadership Track

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)

Courses from other tracks that can be counted for this track

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

Restorative Justice Track

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)

Courses from other tracks that can be counted for this track
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)

Corrections Track

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)

Courses from other tracks that can be counted for this track
LSCJ 5223 Community Justice: Alternatives to Incarceration (3 hours)
LSCJ 5463 Gangs in the United States (3 hours)

Drug Abuse Policy & Management Track

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)

Courses from other tracks that can be counted for this track
LSCJ 5263 Restorative Justice Programs for Drug Offenders (3 hours)
LSPS 5203 Drugs and the Brain (3 hours)

6 hours required

Criminal Justice elective coursework and written comprehensive examination (6 hours)

Graduate Application Deadlines

Fall: July 1

Spring: December 1

Summer: May: 1