Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Criminal Behavior

Bringing The Real World Into The Classroom: The MS, Criminal Behavior Concentration

Tiffin University’s Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (MS), with a concentration in Criminal Behavior, is an outstanding example of how the real world meets the classroom experience.  Our faculty members have all been working professionals in the field, and our students are also working professionals, which provides for an exciting dialogue and a dynamic education filled with connections.  This is as real as it gets!

What Is TU’s MS in Criminal Justice?

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MS) is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents, and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the MS program, the school's talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

Our faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic, and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight, and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence.

The Criminal Behavior Concentration

The Criminal Behavior Concentration is designed for students interested in examining the relationship between Psychology and the Criminal Justice system. Students will develop an understanding in crisis intervention, counseling, psychopathology, personality assessment, and research methods. The Criminal Behavior concentration is offered in the three-semester format, and is only available online.

Our Graduates Make An Impact: Careers With A MS Degree

Tiffin University is ready to transform your future with the MS degree program.  This program attracts motivated students who want to make a difference in the real world, and at TU, we help you by providing a personal and practical education.  Below are just a few of the many general and specific career paths that our graduates have taken.

  • Administrative positions in local, state, and federal agencies
  • Positions within corrections and probation departments
  • Positions as a research assistant with various agencies
  • Positions at the local, state, and federal level in the area of behavioral science
  • Clinical or research positions with human service agencies, mental health agencies, social agencies, and forensic agencies

Some of our graduates use their degree for promotion opportunities in their existing law enforcement fields. Other graduates go on to continue their education, earning a Juris Doctorate, Ph.D., or Psy.D. degree.

Careers In Clinical & Research Settings

MS criminal justice graduates can also begin careers in either a clinical setting where they work directly with offenders and victims, or in research settings where empirical answers are sought to crucial issues affecting the administration of criminal justice.  Some examples include:

  • Juvenile group homes
  • Domestic violence agencies
  • Immigrant and naturalization services
  • City police divisions
  • And in positions such as Crime Analyst or for the State Highway Patrol

Other Tiffin University graduates are employed with these agencies and organizations, to name just a few:

  • Department of Homeland Security
  • US Central Intelligence Agency
  • US Secret Service
  • US Marshal Services
  • FBI
  • Armed Forces
  • Drug Enforcement Agency
  • Postal Service
  • US Department of Agriculture
  • US Border Patrol
  • Wright Patterson Air Force Base

And with

  • Victim Services organizations
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Adoption agencies
  • Drug & Alcohol rehabilitation centers
  • Probation and parole offices
  • Courts
  • Foster care organizations
  • Mental health organizations
  • Employee assistance programs

Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. Learners who intend to seek licensure or certification should check licensing requirements in their home state.

TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor or psychologist.

Have Additional Questions? We’re Here Every Step Of The Way!

For more information about the MS criminal justice degree program, Criminal Behavior Concentration, or the School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (800) 968-6446, ext 3401.