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Criminal Justice Graduate Programs

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a variety of graduate programs that address issues of crime and criminal justice within an analytic framework, based in social and behavioral sciences and legal perspectives.

The curriculum emphasize contemporary research and theoretical developments across a spectrum of academic disciplines. The Criminal Justice Department offers four degree options, as well as a certificate degree. These options include a Traditional M.A. degree, a Professional M.A. degree, an Emergency and Crisis Management M.S. degree (with a related certificate degree in Cybersecurity Emergency Management), and a Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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

Master of Arts - Criminal Justice

The criminal justice master’s degree is designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in the field and in related areas of the social and behavioral sciences, assume teaching positions at the community college level, and serve the needs of professionals currently working in justice-related agencies.

Emergency and Crisis Management Master's Program

In the Emergency and Crisis Management Master's Program, our students hone their leadership, management, and coordination skills to not only prepare for emergencies but to respond, mitigate, and recover from natural and man-made disasters.

Certificate in Emergency Management Cybersecurity

The Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management Cybersecurity is designed to prepare decision makers to address the growing challenges of managing effective cybersecurity practices and mitigating threats within private and public organizations.