Graduate Program

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a broad-based graduate program leading to a Master of Arts degree. The program addresses issues of crime and criminal justice within an analytical framework and emphasizes theory, research, and their implications for social policy.

The curriculum is grounded in the social and behavioral sciences and in legal approaches to crime and social control. It draws from contemporary research and theoretical developments across a spectrum of academic disciplines. The graduate program in criminal justice offers three degree options — a traditional master's degree, a professional master's degree, and a Ph.D. in criminology and criminal justice.

Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

The Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice prepares students for research, teaching and professional employment at universities, research institutes, and criminal justice related agencies.

Traditional Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

The traditional master's degree is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in the field and in related areas of the social and behavioral sciences as well as for those who want to teach at the community-college level.

Professional Master's Degree in Criminal Justice

The professional master's degree is designed to serve the needs of professionals currently working in justice-related agencies by providing the knowledge and skills to enhance their performance in current positions and/or prepare them for career advancement.