Program Coordinator:  Gail Belfert

The Concentration in Criminal Justice (CRJ) is intended for individuals who have baccalaureate degrees in sociology, psychology, or criminal justice, or who are currently working in an area of criminal justice.

The number of career opportunities in the field of criminal justice is unprecedented.  The demand for university-educated personnel is a result of society’s rapidly evolving political and social changes, which reflect a renewed interest in and a need for effective administration of the nation’s criminal justice system.  There are many areas of expertise within the broad scope of the criminal justice field.  This graduate program concentration addresses not only the pedagogy of criminal justice, but also the fundamentals of managerial science as applied in a criminal justice setting.  Students will learn to recognize and resolve policy decisions and management issues regarding law enforcement, courts, and corrections.


The focus of the MSL: Criminal Justice Concentration (CRJ) is to educate professionals in both the theory and the application of criminal justice, and in the administration and management of criminal justice agencies.  Faculty members within the department continually strive to develop students’ abilities for critical thinking and analytical reasoning.

Students within the Criminal Justice Concentration have a number of unique characteristics.  First, upon entering the program, the majority of the students have had extensive exposure and academic understanding of the criminal justice system.  Second, students graduating with the MSL-Criminal Justice Concentration must be prepared to pursue a variety of careers, including further graduate school, law school, and a variety of management positions within the criminal justice system.

A core outcome of the Criminal Justice Concentration program is to promote critical thinking, social justice and civic responsibility through an academic curriculum designed to ensure that all students master the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the criminal justice system through a multi-disciplinary lens.


To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the structure, operation, and management of the criminal justice system;
To provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how criminal justice relates to other social structures and institutions, and how those structures and institutions impact criminal justice; and
To prepare students to employ critical thinking, social justice, and civic responsibility in their decision-making processes as they pursue their careers and encounter life situations.


  1. Make evident an understanding and command over key concepts, theories and data regarding society and the criminal justice system.
  2. To be able to critically evaluate social research.
  3. Demonstrate their ability to formulate a problem/topic, assemble relevant published background research, include an original explanation, conduct a new study, and/or provide new data toward the topic in a formal research paper or proposal.
  4. Display a working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  5. Exhibit an understanding of and an ability to apply criminological theories in explaining the criminal justice system.
  6. Make evident an understanding of the process of management and supervision of personnel.
  7. Demonstrate their ability to fiscally manage an organization and to pursue revenue and manage expenses.
  8. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of substantive areas within the discipline of criminal justice.  For example, such areas of specialization can include, but are not limited to, law enforcement, the courts and the law, and corrections.
  9. Exhibit an understanding of ethics and obligation of service to others.



Core Curriculum
MSL 503 Budgeting and Financing Organizations (Finance) 3
MSL 504 Organizational Behavior and Communication (Diversity) 3
MSC 516 Statistics and Research Methods (Research) 3
MSL  695 Internship/Project OR
MSL 699 Thesis
Criminal Justice Concentration (core plus)
MSL 508 Personnel Management and Administration (Human Resources) 3
MSL 541 Criminal Justice System 3
MSL 542 Criminal Law and the Courts 3
MSL 543 Administration of Law Enforcement Agencies


MSL 544 Corrections: History, Management and Alternatives 3
MSL 545 Juvenile Justice System 3
MSL 547 Psychology of Criminal Behavior 3
Approved CRJ Electives (6 credits)
MSL 546 Youth at Risk 3
MSC 550 Etiology of Human Addictions 3
MSC 554 Pharmacology of Addictions 3
MSL 510 Evaluation 3
MSL 512 Grant Writing and Administration 3
MSC 606 Cultural Awareness for Professionals 3
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