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Criminal Justice Graduate Studies Overview

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is designed for professionals currently working in the criminal justice system, college graduates who want to enter the criminal justice field, and students who may wish to continue study toward a doctoral degree. The master’s program concentrates both on the structural and theoretical components of the criminal justice system.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the master’s degree in Criminal Justice are prepared to:

  • Assess contemporary social problems using critical analytical skills.
  • Apply ethical principles to resolve criminal justice issues.
  • Examine the prevalence and nature of crime and their impact on Criminal Justice policies and practices.
  • Contrast the history and development of the various components of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
  • Examine the relationship between theory, research, and policy.
  • Integrate leadership and managerial skills to support workforce development in the field.

Program Requirements

The Criminal Justice Department offers both full-time and part-time programs with evening classes to accommodate the needs of professional students. With a full-time course load, students can complete the program in two years. Part-time students can complete their degree in three to four years depending on their pace and course selection. Core coursework provides training in theory, methods, statistics, and policy. Elective courses in corrections, juvenile justice, and law enforcement provide students with advanced study in structural system components.

Contact Information

For more information please contact the Department of Criminal Justice Director of Graduate Studies:

Dr. Lorna Grant
Phone: 919-530-5291
Office: 303 Albert N. Whiting Criminal Justice Building

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