Social Research Degrees

Graduates at commencement

The graduate programs in the School of Social Research and Justice Studies are growing and thriving because of the dedicated and scholarly faculty members in each of the collaborative departments. The programs have graduated more than 100 students, including more than 35 students in the Justice Management Program and nearly 10 judges from the Judicial studies PH.D. program. Review all of the degree programs available within the School of Social Research and Justice Studies and its collective departments.

School of Social Research and Justice Studies

The graduate programs in justice management, judicial studies and social justice are designed for students pursuing careers in justice administration or for trial judges employed in the criminal justice system. These graduate degree programs are organized jointly with the National Judicial College and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The graduate programs provide the academic education necessary to adhere to ethical and impartiality standards required of judges and administrative personnel.

Communication Studies

Communication Studies helps students develop communication skills for business and professional manners to personal and social settings. In addition, students study how people connect and analyze the interpretations of global communications. A communications background will enhance a student's career opportunity as nearly all fields rely on the ability to communicate competently.

Criminal Justice

The Department of Criminal Justices has an undergraduate and graduate program for students interested in pursuing justice system careers. The bachelor's degree in criminal justice allows students to choose from two tracks where they have an option to specialize in law and justice. The master's degree combines theory, policy and research to analyze the nature of crime and law.


The Department of Sociology offers a bachelor's and master's degree in sociology. The degree programs encourage students to analyze social classes, gender roles and modern society. The Bachelor of Arts degree gives students a broad understanding of sociology and provides them with the skills necessary to pursue graduate education or a variety of careers. The Master of Arts degree provides students with an advanced understanding of sociology and prepares students for career advancements or policy-related research.