MSCJ Curriculum Overview

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is a 30-credit hour graduate program consisting of 18 credit hours of core curriculum and 12 credit hours of electives.

Core Curriculum

  • CJ 621 (3 credit hours): Ethics in Criminal Justice Settings
  • CJ 629 (3 credit hours): Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 631 (3 credit hours): Application of Criminal Justice Theories
  • CJ 704 (3 credit hours): Administrative and Leadership Practices in CJ Organizations
  • CJ 712 (3 credit hours): Criminal Justice Policy and Analysis
  • CJ 728 (3 credit hours): Applied Analysis for Criminal Justice Organizations


12 Credit Hours of criminal justice related elective courses at the 500 level or above are required. Electives provide students with the opportunity to tailor their degree program to meet their academic and career goals. Electives may also be used to earn an additional academic credential by completing a related Graduate Certificate.

Approved Electives options include:

  • CJ 504 Restorative Justice
  • CJ 535 Forensic Interviewing
  • CJ 580 Topical Seminar
  • SW 510 Understanding the Impact of Trauma
  • SW 519 Understanding Intimate Partner Violence
  • SW 524 Substance Misuse.