The Master of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program from Trine University is an accelerated one-year program for adults with a bachelor degree that provides education for both pre- and mid-career individuals serving their communities as law enforcement, corrections, or court practitioners. The curriculum is designed to prepare these professionals to assume key leadership roles within the justice system or the private sector.
The Forensic Psychology concentration will prepare students to understand the behavioral and psychological tenants of deviant behavior, as well as the correlation and causation of crime. This program is designed for individuals interested in correctional counseling, investigative psychology, crisis intervention, police psychology, child protection psychology, victim psychology, sex offender psychology and juvenile delinquency counseling.
The Law concentration is designed for individuals interested in working as leaders in local, state, and federal governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private corporate settings, among others, whereby an in-depth understanding of the law is essential. Core areas of the law covered in this concentration include advanced employment law, criminal procedure, juvenile justice, constitutional law, and administrative law.
The Public Administration concentration will give individuals the leadership skills necessary to be professional public managers and future faculty who will meet the challenges of public service. Specifically, it will prepare students to serve as managers in the executive arm of local, state, and federal government, as well as in nongovernmental organizations and nonprofit sectors.
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. The program prepares students to assume key leadership roles as professionals working in fire safety, law enforcement, social work, and other related fields. Students will learn to analyze criminal justice issues and implement change within the criminal justice system by developing skills in program planning and evaluation, policy formation and analysis, and critical thinking.
Alternatively, 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 for a total of 18 credit hours.
A MSCJ degree could open doors for students to pursue a variety of opportunities. Whether they plan to enhance their career in criminal justice, teach, or pursue their doctorate, a degree from Trine will give students the competitive edge they need to be successful.
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: Forensic Psychology, Law, and Public Administration.
Required course for international students who have not studied in the US.
ENG 502 Critical Writing & Application (2 credit hours)
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree offers three concentrations and requires 36 credit hours:
Criminal Justice Major Area Core (21 Credit Hours)
Public Administration Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
Forensic Psychology Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
Law Concentration (15 Credit Hours)
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 for a total of 18 credit hours.
Public Administration Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)
Forensic Psychology Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)
Law Concentration Certificate (18 Credit Hours)