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The Master of Arts degree program in criminal justice provides students with the skills necessary to examine and analyze the major areas of the field, focusing on the nature of crime, law and social control, as well as the process of planning change in a system as complex as the criminal justice system.
The program emphasizes the understanding of the ways in which theory, research and social policy interact, and the utilization of critical thinking skills to better understand this information. Students will be expected to acquire knowledge of the theories and research methods necessary for analysis of issues relevant to the criminal justice field. Within this general framework, students will have an opportunity to pursue special interests in criminal justice, the judicial system, courts and law enforcement, that are consistent with the philosophy of the program.
Applicants to the Master of Arts program must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year college or university, with a major or minor in criminal justice or a closely related discipline (acceptable fields outside criminal justice to be determined on a case-by-case basis by the graduate admissions committee of the department; additional coursework in criminological theory might be required of students from outside the field of criminal justice).
Research provides one of the best opportunities for students earning a master's degree in criminal justice to gain in-depth knowledge in their chosen career path. Students can apply knowledge acquired in the classroom to real-life practical application. In addition to research opportunities in conducting or participating in research, students will work closely with mentors and professionals in criminal justice and related justice fields to author publications in journals and books.