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College of Psychology and Community Services:
MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management

The MS in Criminal Justice program will prepare students to effectively work within criminal justice agencies, governmental organizations, and the private sector. The specializations comprise a core of contemporary theory and practice as well as the study of national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice. This includes the intersections of management of local, state, and federal criminal justice systems. Thus, the program provides students the opportunity to practically apply knowledge and skills that will impact society. With a unique blend of criminal behavioral theory, human services, technology, homeland security, and management, the program will provide students with critical 21st-century skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize theory and research to analyze historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice.
  2. Use research to evaluate factors related to crime and the impact of crime on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures.
  3. Evaluate the impact of US constitutional policy and procedures on the criminal justice system.
  4. Analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators.
  5. Synthesize principles from criminal justice theories, processes, and practices to promote social justice and positive social change.
  6. Compare the structural functions and interactions of law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal level.
  7. Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.
  8. Evaluate the management philosophies used in managing human resources in criminal justice organizations.
  9. Discuss the leadership skills needed for working with diverse populations.

Degree Requirements

  • General Program: 48 total quarter credits
  • Foundation course (3 credits)
  • Core courses (40 credits)
  • Capstome course (5 credits)


Foundation Course (3 credits)

Core Courses (40 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Capstone Course (5 credits)

Course Sequence

Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
Quarter 1
CRJS 6002 - Foundations of Graduate Study
3 credits
CRJS 6137 - The Nature of Crime and Criminology
5 credits
Quarter 2
CRJS 6215 - Controversies in Criminal Justice
5 credits
CRJS 6420 - Organizational Management and Leadership
5 credits
Quarter 3
CRJS 6216 - Criminal Justice Research
5 credits
CRJS 6465 - Strategic Planning: Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination
5 credits
Quarter 4
CRJS 6431 - Finance and Budgeting for the Public Sector
5 credits
CRJS 6435 - Human Resource Management: Building a Capable Workforce
5 credits
Quarter 5
CRJS 6218 - Applied Communications
5 credits
CRJS 6910 - Capstone: Criminal Justice Ethics and Social Justice
5 credits