Master of Arts - Criminal Justice

The Professional Master of Arts 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. The curriculum provides students with advanced knowledge of the nature of the crime; criminal justice institutions and processes; current criminal justice policy; and training in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation.

The program will also be open to students seeking a terminal master's degree and a career in the criminal justice system. Upon completion of the program, students will have furthered their understanding of crime and the criminal justice system and will be able to conduct evaluations of policies and programs within various agencies in the justice system.

For information regarding accreditation at UNLV, please head over to Academic Program Accreditations.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Professional Master’s Degree Program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of crime.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, and current criminal justice policy.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods, statistics and program evaluation techniques.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills necessary to effectively conduct and/or evaluate social policy research in criminal justice related organizations.
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills, and performance among practitioners already employed in federal, state, and local criminal justice organizations.
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Traditional Track

Description

The Traditional Master of Arts degree program is designed to improve students' understanding of the nature, causes, and consequences of crime and crime control. Based on the tradition of the liberal arts, the program emphasizes the symbiotic relationship between crime and the structure of society and the interplay between criminal justice theory and practice.

These relationships are explored through course work in criminological theory, law and social control, the administration of justice, and crime and public policy. By completing the requirements for this program, students will be prepared for teaching at the community-college level and doctoral study in criminology and criminal justice.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Traditional Master's Degree Program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced theoretical knowledge of the nature of crime, and understanding regarding patterns of criminal activity.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the law and the legal system, as well as decision-making in the criminal justice process, the social and political context of the legal system, important constitutional issues, and how criminal law differs from other forms of law.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, and current criminal justice policy.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods, statistics and program evaluation.
  • Demonstrate the basic theoretical, empirical, and substantive knowledge and skills required for graduate education at the doctoral level, teaching at the community college level, or for research and social policy positions in criminal justice related fields.
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Professional Track

Description

The Professional Master of Arts 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. The curriculum provides students with advanced knowledge of the nature of the crime; criminal justice institutions and processes; current criminal justice policy; and training in research methods, statistics, and program evaluation.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the Professional Master’s Degree Program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the nature of crime.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, and current criminal justice policy.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods, statistics and program evaluation techniques.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills necessary to effectively conduct and/or evaluate social policy research in criminal justice related organizations.
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills, and performance among practitioners already employed in federal, state, and local criminal justice organizations.
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