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Degree Course Requirements


Designed for working professionals, the program consists of 13 courses (36 credit hours) offered online or on campus that may be completed in 12 months with students completing six credits per eight week term.  Students are required to take a series of core classes, followed by five courses in a specific concentration area.  Concentration options include: Emergency Management, Forensic Psychology, Law, and Public Administration.

Students may also apply for the Certificate Program which is a stand-alone certificate in any of the concentration areas. This consists of six classes (CRJ 563 plus five concentration classes) for a total of 18 credit hours.


The Master of Science in Criminal Justice offers four concentrations:

  • Public Administration
  • Emergency Management
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Law

Criminal Justice Major Area Core (21 Credit Hours)
ENG 501 Research and Writing for Professional Success
CRJ 502 American System of Justice
CRJ 503 Seminar in Law and Social Control
CRJ 513 Criminology
CRJ 533 Criminal Justice Policy Formations & Analysis
CRJ 553 Applied Statistics for Criminal Justice
CRJ 563 Planning & Program Evaluation
CRJ 593 Demonstration Capstone

Public Administration Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
CRJ 603 Theory and Practice of Public Administration
CRJ 613 Public Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
CRJ 623 Governmental Accounting, Finance & Budgeting
CRJ 643 Law and Public Policy
CRJ 693 Public Administration Demonstration Project

Emergency Management Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
EM 503 Advanced Principles of Emergency Management
EM 513 Seminar in Hazard Mitigation
EM 623 Comprehensive Risk Assessment
EM 653 Managing Disaster Relief
EM 693 Emergency Management Demonstration Project

Forensic Psychology Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
FPY 603 Theory & Practice of Forensic Psychology
FPY 613 Psychopathology
FPY 623 Evaluation & Treatment of Specialized Populations
FPY 643 Victimology
FPY 693 Forensic Psychology Demonstration Project

Law Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
LAW 603 Advanced Employment Law
LAW 613 Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Adjudication
LAW 623 Children and the Law
CRJ 643 Law and Public Policy
LAW 693 Law Concentration Demonstration Capstone

Public Administration Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)
CRJ 563 Planning and Program Evaluation
CRJ 603 Theory and Practice of Public Administration
CRJ 613 Public Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
CRJ 623 Governmental Accounting, Finance & Budgeting
CRJ 643 Law and Public Policy
CRJ 693 Public Administration Demonstration Project

Emergency Management Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)
CRJ 563 Planning and Program Evaluation
EM 503 Advanced Principles of Emergency Management
EM 513 Seminar in Hazard Mitigation
EM 623 Comprehensive Risk Assessment
EM 653 Managing Disaster Relief
EM 693 Emergency Management Demonstration Project

Forensic Psychology Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)
CRJ 563 Planning and Program Evaluation
FPY 603 Theory & Practice of Forensic Psychology
FPY 613 Psychopathology
FPY 623 Evaluation & Treatment of Specialized Populations
FPY 643 Victimology
FPY 693 Forensic Psychology Demonstration Project

Law Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)
CRJ 563 Planning and Program Evaluation
LAW 603 Advanced Employment Law
LAW 613 Advanced Criminal Procedure: Investigation and Adjudication
LAW 623 Children and the Law
CRJ 643 Law and Public Policy
LAW 693 Law Concentration Demonstration Capstone

All concentrations include 15 credit hours of additional requirements.


 

A candidate for the master's program must have the following:

  • A Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) with a general education component from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum composite undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 of a 4.0 scale.
  • An official transcript showing a bachelor's degree awarded by an accredited college or university with an acceptable grade point average.

A maximum of six hours of credit from another accredited graduate program may be transferable, upon approval of the SPS dean. Graduate courses taken and applied to the Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice will not apply to the graduate program.

Students may also apply for the MSCJ Certificate Program which is a stand-alone certificate in any of the MSCJ concentration areas. The Certificate Program consists of 6 classes each for a total of 18 credit hours.