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Criminal Justice Master of Science in Criminal Justice

School of Public Service Leadership


Total program credits needed for graduation: 48

One academic quarter is three months. You will have a three-week break between each quarter.

Core Courses

Eight Required Courses, 32 quarter credits.

PSL7010 21st-Century Communication and Leadership 4 quarter credits
PSL7020* Professional Practice and Collaboration in a Diverse and Dynamic World 4 quarter credits
PSL7030* Introduction to Critical Analysis and Research 4 quarter credits
CRJ7015* Criminal Justice Theory 4 quarter credits
CRJ7025* Justice, Security, and Democracy 4 quarter credits
CRJ7035* Criminal Justice Policy and Administration 4 quarter credits
CRJ7045* Crime Intelligence Analysis 4 quarter credits
CRJ7095* Integrative Project for Criminal Justice 4 quarter credits

Four Elective Courses

16 course quarter credits

Recommended elective courses:

CRJ7011 Corrections in the Criminal Justice System 4 quarter credits
CRJ7021* Community Corrections 4 quarter credits
CRJ7031* Offender Treatment and Rehabilitation 4 quarter credits
CRJ7041* Institutional Corrections 4 quarter credits
CRJ7012 Psychological Criminology 4 quarter credits
CRJ7022 Sociological Criminology 4 quarter credits
CRJ7032 Life-Course and Biosocial Criminology 4 quarter credits
CRJ7042* Applied Criminological Theory for Scholar-Practitioners 4 quarter credits
ED7011 Higher Education Landscape 4 quarter credits
ED7021 The Science of Adult Learning 4 quarter credits
ED7031 Teaching Strategies and Methods for Adult Learners 4 quarter credits
ED7041 Curriculum and Assessment 4 quarter credits

OR Choose any graduate course(s).

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.


If you have elective courses yet to satisfy in your program, you may be able to add a concentration and satisfy those degree requirements at the same time, with no additional program cost or time commitment. Concentrations available for this program include:

  • Continuity Management
  • Corrections
  • Criminology
  • Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR)
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resource Management
  • Project Management

What Can I Expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which may help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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