The Master degree in Criminal Justice, founded in 1972, is a rigorous academic program. It helps upper-level managers and administrators develop their critical thinking skills and will provide you with an interdisciplinary perspective on criminology and the criminal justice system. It focuses on law enforcement, the judiciary, correctional systems, juvenile justice, and the formulation of laws and codes. A special benefit of the program is that it will prepare you not only to administer the current system, but also to become a pioneer in evaluating and changing it so that it is more responsive to the needs of the community.
Upon completion of the program, you will have mastery of the concepts and theories associated with the various components of criminology and the criminal justice system; have an in-depth knowledge of the theories of crime causation; and develop skills necessary to utilize research methods in conducting and evaluating criminology and criminal justice issues. You will also have the skills you need to:
Develop an understanding of criminology and the components of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
- Demonstrate knowledge of key theoretical concepts and application to public policy questions and organizational management.
- Make use of the broad base of knowledge and research in criminology and criminal justice programming and policy-making.
- Communicate knowledge effectively in written and oral formats.
- Utilize critical problem solving skills and critical analysis in criminology and criminal justice agency settings.
Besides the classic criminology and criminal justice curriculum, you will learn about the most pressing current issues through special interest seminars. Topics have included gangs, social class, victimization and hate crimes. Research efforts provide another channel for you to become familiar with the issues. Another plus for students is that each degree is tailored to their individual needs and interests.
MCJ students who were admitted before the spring 2009 semester have the option to complete a 3 credit capstone/advance seminar, thesis, or comprehensive exam to complete the MCJ program. Students are highly encouraged, however, to complete the capstone/advanced seminar or thesis in lieu of the comprehensive exam.