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.
The Traditional Master's Degree in Criminal Justice 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.
The Professional Master's Degree in Criminal Justice 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.
In the Emergency and Crisis Management 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.
The UNLV 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.