Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Description and Outcomes
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to help you satisfy your intellectual curiosity, build knowledge, and prepare to successfully undertake leadership and other professional positions in today's complex criminal justice environment.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program provides you with an opportunity to pursue an applied research course of study. At the conclusion of the program, your acquisition of competencies is assessed via your coursework and successful completion of an applied research project. In so doing, the program enables you to become better prepared to meet the dynamic challenges of the field today and in the future.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program consists of a minimum of 55 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a master of science degree.
- Research Methods: Use current qualitative and quantitative research to evaluate current trends in criminal justice.
- Organizational Behavior and Management: Apply organizational behavior and management theories to insure the effective and efficient operations of an agency or division.
- Criminological Theory: Apply criminological theory to create policies and procedures that address specific community problems.
- Law: Use policies and practices to assist officers and administrators to meet the legal principles and standards applicable to the criminal justice profession.
- Professionalism: Engage in scholarly discourse with colleagues and practitioners in the field of criminal justice.
- Ethics: Apply ethical decision-making skills to practices within the field of criminal justice and academic study to demonstrate leadership practices.
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the professional competencies associated with your academic program in the graduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
- If you enroll in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program you may enroll in no more than one course per term without permission from the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences or the Dean’s designee.
- You must follow the below sequence of courses for the first three terms. You may request to test out CJ526 Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety by completing the course assessment. Refer to the Types of Credit section for additional information.
Course List Code Title Credits CJ526 Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety 5 CJ501 Criminological Theory 5 CJ503 Organizational Behavior 5
- You may not use transfer credit to replace or substitute for core courses unless a waiver is granted by the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A waiver is issued based upon an evaluation of common learning outcomes. The following courses must be completed at Purdue Global:
Course List Code Title Credits CJ525 Applied Research in Criminal Justice 5 CJ598 Applied Research Project 5
Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams
Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.
Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not made a determination with respect to the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.
You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.
The 🌐 icon appears in the title of traditional courses that are also available as a set of module courses. Module course availability may be limited to certain academic calendars. See Course Types for information about module courses.
|CJ505||Critical Issues in Criminal Justice||5|
|CJ525||Applied Research in Criminal Justice||5|
|CJ526||Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety||5|
|CJ598||Applied Research Project||5|
|Total Core Requirements||30|
|Major Electives 1||20|
|Total Major Requirements||20|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||5|
Students may not use more than 10 quarter credit hours of independent study to satisfy elective requirements.