Graduate Program Overview

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to equip Master of Science students with competence and conscience needed to function and/or advance professionally in criminal justice agencies or pursue further graduate work in criminal justice or related fields.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed for those students interested in studying the theory and practice of criminal justice in law enforcement, courts, corrections and the private sector.

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program places an emphasis on criminal justice administration. Today, there is an ever increasing demand for highly qualified criminal justice administrators in public and private sector organizations to keep them running efficiently and effectively. The primary job of a criminal justice administrator is to provide oversight and supervision in matters related to crime and justice.

The program is geared toward students whose goal is to become criminal justice administrators at the middle and upper management level. Accordingly, an emphasis is placed on students learning management skills such as public relations, accounting and finance, human resources, policy formulation, budgeting, human interaction, crisis strategies, organizational behavior, and writing skills.

The program is designed for working professionals seeking career advancement, those preparing entrance into the field, and those interested in acquiring management skills and knowledge about the problems and practices within the criminal justice system.

The degree is designed for the busy working professional. Thus, courses are offered on an online and blended online format. Students will only be required to meet face-to-face with the instructor on four selected weekends (Friday evenings and Saturday) during the semester. Full-time students can complete the degree in one year. Part-time students can complete the degree in two years.

Many graduates of the program enter doctoral programs and law schools to further their education.

Features of the Master's program:

  • Attend classes online or in a blended format
  • Complete a degree as a part-time or full-time student
  • Apply and begin in the summer, fall, or spring term
  • Quick admission as a non-degree student
  • Grant money for part-time and full-time students