Criminal Justice Graduate Program Description

Identity
Students who a receive a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice complete a degree preparing them for careers in criminal justice, administration, or research; Ph.D. programs; or teaching at the undergraduate level. Students learn about criminal justice from both academic and professional perspectives. The program tackles issues related to crime and justice by emphasizing theory, research, ethics, and policy analysis. The M.A. program curriculum draws on the social and behavioral sciences and legal approaches to crime and social control. Students learn how to address critical issues in criminal justice and administration by developing analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills."

 

Program Objectives

  1. To educate students about their responsibilities as scholars and practitioners of criminal justice, and as citizens in a pluralistic society;
  2. To maintain an academic environment where all graduate students are encouraged to develop themselves personally and intellectually and where graduate students feel free to engage in teaching, research, and community service in the spirit of academic and personal freedom;
  3. To build a graduate student cohort that is an example of cooperation, teamwork, and dedication to university and community needs;
  4. To expose students to current research and theories and to teach students the skills needed to understand and evaluate the quality of research and its methodologies;
  5. To teach students how to critically analyze problems related to crime and criminal justice by emphasizing theory, research, ethics, problem-solving, and policy analysis.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will learn about criminal justice from both academic and professional perspectives in order to prepare for careers as scholars and/or practitioners. Students will learn how to address critical issues in criminal justice and administration by developing analytical, problem-solving, and leadership skills.
  2. Students will learn how to analyze and apply research and statistics to a variety of justice issues and settings.
  3. Students will learn how criminal justice interacts with other fields of study including, but not limited to, addiction, mental health, community wellbeing, and family.
  4. Students will demonstrate understanding of theory and ability in professional writing by successfully completing their theses or comprehensive exams.
  5. Students will progress and graduate in a “reasonable” time frame.