M.S. in Criminal Justice

The 36-credit Master of Science in Criminal Justice offers an in-depth, 21st century curriculum geared toward forensics, law and society, criminal behavior, cyber crime, terrorism and criminological theory. In addition to our core curriculum, electives are available but not limited to areas such as terrorism, law, high technology, forensics, security, and fraud. The program prepares students for modern-day careers in criminal justice, including cyberspace crime detection, law enforcement management systems and homeland security.

Courses are taught by a distinguished faculty that includes published authors, researchers and widely-consulted authorities on the American and world criminal justice systems. Adjunct faculty members are working professionals in the field and include attorneys, judges and law enforcements officials. Our professors will engage and inspire you to exceed your expectations.

Alumni of our program are employed in a wide variety of professional positions: law enforcement officers, federal agents, security officers, prosecutors, corrections counselors, judges, attorneys, private security professionals, homeland security agents, forensic technologists, crime lab technicians, emergency managers, FBI agents and social service representatives.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
Required MS Criminal Justice Courses
(18 Credits)
CACJ 555 Cyber Security 3
CACJ 675 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CACJ 690
Theories of Crime Causation 3
CACJ 699 Foundations for Scholarship
CACJ 700 Research Design Methods
CACJ 760 

 MS Criminal Justice Thesis Courses
(6 Credits)

(Must be taken consecutively in students last two semesters.)
CACJ 707 Thesis Research  3
CACJ 708  Thesis Consultation
 Elective Graduate Criminal Justice Courses
(12 Credits)
CACJ 523 Computers and the Criminal Justice System
CACJ 530 Victimology
CACJ 577 Police and Professionalism  3
CACJ 600  Advanced Standing Criminal Justice I 
CACJ 601  Advanced Standing Criminal Justice II  3
CACJ 630  Forensic Psychology  3
CACJ 631  Seminar in Organized Crime 
CACJ 635  The Mass Murderer and the Violent Criminal
CACJ 640 Seminar in Administration of Juvenile Justice  3
CACJ 655 Counseling in Criminal Justice 
CACJ 680  Graduate Internship
CACJ 698 Crime and Criminality in Cinematography

Credit Requirements
Total Major Requirement Credits: 24
Total Elective Major Requirement Credits:12
Total Degree Credits:  36

Core Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
POST 101 Post Foundations 1
FY First-Year Seminar 3
ENG 1* Writing 1 3
ENG 2* Writing 2 3
Choose one course from each of the five below course clusters and one additional course from one of the clusters.
Quantitative Reasoning
Scientific Inquiry & the Natural World
Creativity Media & the Arts 3
Perspectives on World Culture 3
Self, Society & Ethics 3
Power, Institutions & Structures (ECO 10 Required) 3
One additional course from one of the above clusters.  3

For a more detailed listing of these requirements, see the core curriculum section of this bulletin.


Dr. Christopher Adams

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