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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.


History, Philosophy, Political Science and Criminal Justice Department

Degree requirements

The Columbia College Catalog outlines the courses you will need to take to complete your degree program. This includes required courses in your major and general education requirements, as well as elective classes you will select.

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The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree is available online and is approved at the following locations. Some locations may require a combination of in-seat and online coursework. Select one to view the tuition rate.

Please note this degree program may not be able to be completed fully in-seat. A combination of in-seat and online coursework may be required.


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