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Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree


The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (MSCJ) is designed primarily for practitioners in the field of criminal justice interested in developing and/or enhancing administrative skills. The program is also designed to meet the analytical and theoretical needs of students who will continue with doctoral or law studies. The degree emphasizes four foundational areas: trends in criminal justice, policy development and analysis, research design and ethics in criminal justice. Understanding derived from these courses provides graduate students a solid foundation for dealing with the many critical issues confronting the contemporary criminal justice administrator. Courses are structured in a hands-on format encouraging maximum student interaction while at the same time encouraging the development of useful action skills. Students majoring in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program desiring a greater focus in management skills may choose a management track in (1) Law Enforcement Administration (LEA) or a management track in (2) Corrections Administration (CA) as part of their degree completion plan. The management tracks will appear on the student's academic transcript and provide evidence that the student has satisfied academic requirements for departmentally recognized courses in the area. Both the Law Enforcement Administration and the Corrections Administration tracks consist of successful completion of three of the four designated graduate courses associated with that area (nine graduate semester hours total). To qualify for the awarding of the management tracks, each course comprising the specialty area must be completed with a minimum grade of B.

Degree Requirements

A.

Required MSCJ Foundation Courses

12 hrs

  MSCJ 500View Syllabus Research Design 3 hrs
  MSCJ 501View Syllabus Current Issues and Future Directions in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  MSCJ 510View Syllabus Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  MSCJ 530View Syllabus Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management 3 hrs
  Total:

12 hrs

B.

Required MSCJ Core Courses

15 hrs

  MSCJ 524View Syllabus Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation 3 hrs
  MSCJ 526View Syllabus (BUSI 526) Human Resource Management and Theory 3 hrs
  MSCJ 535View Syllabus Budgeting and Planning for Criminal Justice Managers 3 hrs
  MSCJ 561View Syllabus Crisis Intervention 3 hrs
  MSCJ 595View Syllabus Emergent Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (capstone) 3 hrs
  (MSCJ 595 must be taken during the student's final nine hours of their degree program)
  Total:

15 hrs

C.

MSCJ Electives (students choose nine hours from the following)

9 hrs

  MSCJ 525View Syllabus Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3 hrs
  MSCJ 533View Syllabus Topics in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  MSCJ 543View Syllabus Development of Standard Operating Procedure 3 hrs
  MSCJ 550View Syllabus Readings in Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  MSCJ 567View Syllabus Seminar in Juvenile Justice 3 hrs
  Total:

36 hrs

D.

MSCJ with Management Track in Law Enforcement Administration (Students choose nine hours (three courses) from the following (taken in lieu of MSCJ electives)

9 hrs

  MSCJ 543View Syllabus Development of Standard Operating Procedure 3 hrs
  MSCJ 550View Syllabus Readings in Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  MSCJ 577View Syllabus Law Enforcement Administration 3 hrs
  MSCJ 579View Syllabus Law Enforcement and the Community 3 hrs
  Total:

9 hrs

E.

MSCJ with Management Track in Corrections Administration (Students choose nine hours (3 courses) from the following (take in lieu of MSCJ electives)

9 hrs

  MSCJ 543View Syllabus Development of Standard Operating Procedure 3 hrs
  MSCJ 550View Syllabus Readings in Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  MSCJ 587View Syllabus Corrections Administration 3 hrs
  MSCJ 589View Syllabus Community Corrections 3 hrs
  Total:

9 hrs

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