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.
*Graduate students accepted in the MSCJ Program who choose the MSCJ Corrections Administration track, and who have successfully completed the National Institute of Corrections 'Management Development for the Future' leadership course, will receive 9 credit hours course equivalency toward the completion of their MSCJ degree. The specific courses for which equivalency credit will be given are (1) MSCJ 587 Corrections Administration, (2) MSCJ 589 Community Corrections and (3) MSCJ 550 Readings in Criminal Justice.
Once all other coursework for the MSCJ degree has been successfully completed, these nine (9) credit hours will be awarded to enable the student to graduate with the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with an academic emphasis in Corrections Administration.
* Applicants who have not completed all required prerequisite courses at the time of applying to the MSCJ, but fulfill all other admission standards, can be considered for Post-Baccalaureate admission. If admitted under this status, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of B or higher prior to enrollment in graduate coursework. Once completed, students are eligible for graduate course enrollment. These courses, or their equivalents, are: CJAD 101 and CJAD 415.
LocationsThe Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is available at the following locations:
|Main Campus Graduate Program|
Hancock Field, NY