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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.

Department

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

*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.

Locations

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is available at the following locations:

Main Campus Graduate Program
Online Campus
Orlando, FL
Hancock Field, NY