It is a goal of the department to encourage students to embrace the importance of life-long learning and to develop students’ abilities to view and understand criminal justice practices, concepts, and issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program is designed to develop the cognitive, analytical, communication, and social skills of students so they will succeed in an ever-changing world.
The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the criminal justice system, social control, and the nature of crime while developing the skills necessary to critically assess criminal justice problems and to conduct applied research and evaluation. Students may develop a plan of study that will prepare them for leadership roles in criminal justice agencies or to pursue doctoral study.
The program is designed to accommodate both the working professional and the traditional student. Most of the coursework for this program is offered in the evening. Full-time students may complete the program in one year. Part-time students may complete the program in two or three years.
The program consists of a minimum of 33 credit hours, 15 hours of core coursework and 18 hours of elective coursework. While a minimum of 24 credit hours must be earned in criminal justice coursework, students are permitted to tailor as many as 9 hours of elective courses outside of criminal justice to meet their academic and career objectives.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission