Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) degree program emphasizes the development of individuals for leadership roles in criminal justice agencies, while providing students a solid base upon which to pursue doctoral level study. The MSCJ program provides students with a solid base of understanding law enforcement, corrections, courts, and juvenile justice, while permitting students to focus and specialize their studies in one of these core areas. The program provides students with a solid background in both theory and research in criminal justice, which prepares graduates to better understand the challenges facing them as participants in the criminal justice field.

A full-time student can finish the program (with proper planning) within 12 months. All MSCJ students are required to undertake a thesis, sit for comprehensive exams, or complete and reflect upon the contents of an electronic portfolio at the end of their course work.

A detailed description of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice is found under the heading of Criminal Justice in the Graduate Programs Offered section of this catalog.