Criminal activity has become more complex than ever before, and our communities need highly trained and knowledgeable criminal justice professionals to keep us safe. In addition to their current work expectations, current technology and policy reform mean these professionals must also be community builders, communicators, analytical thinkers, problem solvers, and public relations experts. The College of Professional and Continuing Studies is dedicated to providing law enforcement professionals with the ethics, decision making, and front-line leadership skills they need to thrive as leaders in today’s criminal justice field.
Our Master of Science in Criminal Justice is an accredited, flexible, and affordable degree program designed to help you develop the critical skills necessary in today's advanced field of criminal justice. By working with criminal justice experts nationwide, you’ll learn how to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, analyze complex problems, and develop positive public engagement. Most importantly, the criminal justice degree can be customized to fit your needs. The degree offers tracks in corrections management, restorative justice, and administration and leadership, allowing you to study the criminal justice area that interests you most.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a fast-paced, accelerated program designed to accommodate working adults. When you are admitted into the program, you will be assigned an advisor who creates an individualized graduation plan. This plan will help organize and identify the courses you need for your degree.
All graduate courses in this program are 16 weeks long. Most students choose to take two courses (or six credit hours) in the spring and fall semesters and one course (or three credit hours) in the summer. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.