MS in Criminal Justice

The MS in criminal justice prepares students to acquire jobs or advance their careers in the field of criminal justice policy and practice. Students receive the scientific foundations and practical insights required to evaluate, select, and implement criminal justice policies and practices that are effective, efficient, and fair. They also learn data analysis skills that equip them with the knowledge required for many policy-oriented and front-line operational positions. MS graduates are prepared to be leaders and change agents in the criminal justice field. 

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Core Courses 

CRIM 511 Evidence-based Crime and Justice Policy 3
CRIM 512 Implementing Crime and Justice Policy 3
CRIM 513 Leadership in Justice Organizations 3
CRIM 514 Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 515 Criminal Justice Research Methods and Data Analysis 3
CRIM 516 Evaluation of Crime and Justice Policies and Practices 3
CRIM 517 Research Practicum in Justice Policy and Practice 3
Total Credits 21


Select three courses from the following: 9
Justice Organizations and Processes  
Policing in a Democratic Society  
CRIM 521
The Constitution, Criminal Procedure, and Security  
CRIM 523
Law and Social Control  
CRIM 541
Conduct of Justice Organizations at the Street Level  
CRIM 544
CRIM 545
Crime Analysis  
CRIM 561
Politics of Crime Policy  
CRIM 562
Crime and Place  
CRIM 595
Special Topics  
Total Credits 9