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Master of Science in Criminal Justice

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.

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Degree Requirements

Required MSCJ Foundation Courses 12 hrs

  • MSCJ 500 Research Design 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 501 Current Issues and Future Directions in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 510 Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 530 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management 3 hrs
  • Total: 12 hrs

Required MSCJ Core Courses 15 hrs

  • MSCJ 524 Criminal Justice Policy Development and Evaluation 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 526 (BUSI 526) Human Resource Management and Theory 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 535 Budgeting and Planning for Criminal Justice Managers 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 561 Crisis Intervention 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 595 Emergent Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (capstone) 3 hrs
  • (MSCJ 595 must be taken during the student's final six hours of their degree program)
  • Total: 15 hrs

MSCJ Electives (students choose nine hours from the following) 9 hrs

  • MSCJ 525 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 533 Topics in Criminal Justice 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 543 Development of Standard Operating Procedure 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 550 Readings in Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 567 Seminar in Juvenile Justice 3 hrs
  • Total: 36 hrs

MSCJ with Management Emphasis in Law Enforcement Administration (Students choose nine hours (three courses) from the following (taken in lieu of MSCJ electives) 9 hrs

  • MSCJ 543 Development of Standard Operating Procedure 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 550 Readings in Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 577 Law Enforcement Administration 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 579 Law Enforcement and the Community 3 hrs
  • Total: 9 hrs

MSCJ with Management Emphasis in Corrections Administration (Students choose nine hours (3 courses) from the following (take in lieu of MSCJ electives) 9 hrs

  • MSCJ 543 Development of Standard Operating Procedure 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 550 Readings in Criminal Justice Administration 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 587 Corrections Administration 3 hrs
  • MSCJ 589 Community Corrections 3 hrs
  • Total: 9 hrs

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Tuition for Hancock Field classes

Tuition is $390 per credit hour. You can choose to take online classes, too. (View full tuition and fees)

Admission requirements at Hancock Field

Admission requirements for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree

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