• Master of Arts in Criminal Justice

    Moving ahead in the criminal justice professions means having a grounding in the nature of human behavior, an understanding of diverse cultures, the ability to use information technology, and an appreciation of the psychosocial variables that are so much a part of modern society. Look forward to becoming prepared for leadership positions in the criminal justice professions including law enforcement, homeland security, teaching, corrections, and the justice system.

    The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice stresses ethical and moral issues and an understanding of social responsibility, which may aid you in dealing successfully with diverse groups. We also concentrate on supervision and administration, emphasizing courses that develop your ability in leadership and state-of-the-art information technology.


    THE RIGHT PROGRAM AT THE RIGHT TIME

    The 30-credit Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program offers a broad perspective on the justice system and its various institutions and processes. It develops the critical and research skills needed for problem solving and policy making in the profession. Core courses focus on criminal procedure, psychopathology of the offender, research procedures, the use of psychosocial variables, systems thinking, and the development of policy. Students may choose from thesis track or non-thesis track options.

    The Homeland Security Track will prepare individuals to assist in preventing, anticipating, and preparing for natural and man-made catastrophic events. This concentration will also provide opportunities for criminal justice professionals to work with federal, state, and local governmental agencies. In addition, trained professionals are finding many new opportunities in the private sector, protecting large multinational companies and organizations. Our curriculum provides a solid foundation for a broad liberal arts education and a balanced perspective on the study and practices of the criminal justice system.

    The 12-credit  Certificate in Homeland Security  was developed in collaboration with the Naval Post-Graduate School and the United States Department of Homeland Security. This fully online program is designed to provide specific skills to future homeland security personnel. It incorporates core homeland security competencies in areas of intelligence analysis, strategic planning and collaborative partnerships with other entities necessary for comprehensive anti-terror strategies.

    The 12-credit Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration program is designed to accommodate criminal justice practitioners who possess master’s degrees in other disciplines, who do not have the time or resources to complete a full master’s degree, or who have achieved the role of supervisor and wish to pursue advanced education. The certificate prepares criminal justice professionals or pre-career students for future supervisory and administrative roles and offers supervisors advanced skills for more effective management and mentoring of their staffs.

    PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Track in Homeland Security (Optional)

    1. Possession of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA and a minimum 3.0 GPA in the undergraduate major.
    2. Two letters of recommendation for graduate study.
    3. Personal essay of 250-300 words that describes your preparation for study in the program and personal objectives for graduate study in criminal justice.

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