It is the primary goal of the Graduate School to help prepare students for research, policy development, administrative, and supervisory positions within the various sectors of the criminal justice field. Conditions and needs in criminal justice are always changing and, therefore, the program attempts to acquaint students with the most current perspectives as well as with substantive knowledge, technical skills and analytic methodologies.
The Criminal Justice Department offers both full-time and part-time programs of study with late afternoon and evening classes scheduled to accommodate the needs of both types of study. With a full-time course load, students can generally complete the masters program in 2 years. Part-time students can complete their degree in three to four years depending on their pace and course selection.
The masters program is comprised of 4 core program courses encompassing both substantive knowledge and theory. Additionally, students choose from 3 concentration areas offered in the department: law enforcement, juvenile justice, and corrections. The masters program in Criminal Justice concentrates both on the theory of crime and deviant behavior, and on the systems that deal with it. The program emphasizes leadership and justice. We stress analysis, critical thinking, and the practical application of knowledge.
In addition to criminal justice, faculty members in the department represent several different academic disciplines including law and forensic psychology. The faculty's specialized interests help make possible a broad range of program offerings.