The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare professionals to advance in their careers in the field of criminal justice. The program emphasizes the skills and evidence-based principles that shape effective criminal justice leaders.
In addition to foundational theories of criminology and criminal justice, students will explore policy design and implementation and emerging trends in the field. Students will learn to evaluate research and use statistical data to assess the efficacy of policies and practices in criminal justice. Students will also analyze emerging evidence-based practices in criminal investigations, corrections, and community supervision, including the use of technology, restorative justice and multinational crime. Vulnerable populations, implicit bias, ethics and diversity are themes woven throughout the program. Courses in leadership development and organizational change will help students develop leadership skills within the context of criminal justice organizations. The program will enable students to develop the critical knowledge, skills and abilities needed to become ethical and skilled decision-makers in the various branches of criminal justice.