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.
|MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATION MANAGEMENT||Required Credits|
|MSL||503||Budgeting and Financing Organizations (Finance)||3|
|MSL||504||Organizational Behavior and Communication (Diversity)||3|
|MSC||516||Statistics and Research Methods (Research)||3|
|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||512||Grant Writing and Administration||3|
|MSC||606||Cultural Awareness for Professionals||3|
|TOTAL Credit hours||33