Master of Science
Master of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum
Justice Administration Concentration
This program is offered both online and on campus.
Structure of the On Campus Program:
Courses are held on Saturdays on main campus in a hybrid format from 8:00am to 5:30pm. This is a full-time cohort program. The structure of the day is as follows:
Class 1: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Class 2: 1:30pm - 5:30pm
JUS 510 Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues & Trends
Provides a contemporary overview of the criminal justice system with a focus on current trends, crime problems and statistics, crime control issues, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, key decision-making, and the changing features of the American legal system.
JUS 515 Research Design and Analysis
Examines various research design models applied to crime, criminal justice, and agency administration issues. Includes discussion of the philosophy of science, sampling, and various research designs such as historical, legal, action, quasi-experimental, experimental, and program evaluation. Students will construct, implement, report, and analyze the results of a research project important to criminal justice practice.
JUS 520 Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
Explores and applies practical statistical methods to the relevant work of criminal justice agents, managers, and executives. The course will focus on statistical methods to prepare students to be intelligent consumers of reported research, to apply appropriate statistical analysis to various types of research designs, to report criminal justice agency performance results, and to identify and use various criminal justice statistical data sources in print and electronic form.
JUS 525 Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
The course provides an in-depth discussion of legal and ethical issues such as confidentiality, conflicts of interest, professional behavior, use of force, factual and legal guilt, discretion, corruption, codes of ethics, whistle-blowing, race and gender problems, appropriate punishment, law and rulemaking, ethical dilemmas in research settings, methods of resolving ethical dilemmas, and classic cases of ethical lapses and collapses in criminal justice agencies.
JUS531 Human Resource and Personnel Management in Criminal Justice – Law & Theory
Provides a background of law and theory of the administration and substance of the human resources functions in criminal justice agencies which includes sound principles of personnel management, employment and civil service law, the setting and background for human resources administration, the recruitment of personnel, employment testing methods and issues, the selection process, job analysis and position classification, fair employment practices, promotion, transfer, discharge, performance evaluation, the discipline process, training and education, worker motivation and job satisfaction, and wage and salary administration.
JUS532 Human Resource and Personnel Management in Criminal Justice Application
Provides a thorough examination and application of the administration and substance of the human resources functions in criminal justice agencies which includes sound principles of personnel management, employment and civil service law, the setting and background for human resources administration, the recruitment of personnel, employment testing methods and issues, the selection process, job analysis and position classification, fair employment practices, promotion, transfer, discharge, performance evaluation, the discipline process, training and education, worker motivation and job satisfaction, and wage and salary administration. Prerequisite: JUS531
JUS 610 Justice Administration Policy Formulation and Analysis
Details the research and planning process leading to the formulation of policy to guide criminal justice agencies and practitioners, including the introduction and practice of skills necessary to evaluate the effectiveness of policy in police, court, and corrections agencies. Participants research, develop, and evaluate policies that affect criminal justice practice.
JUS612 Strategic Planning, Cooperation & Coordination
In an increasingly complex world, leaders and administrators in criminal justice agencies need skills that will enable them to successfully prepare and use a strategic plan. Students in this course will address the fundamentals of strategic planning: what it is, why it is important, how it is done, who should be involved, and why many organizations struggle with it. The focus will be on community and interagency strategic planning because a successful strategic plan for a criminal justice agency is firmly rooted in community needs and priorities. The concepts of cooperation, coordination, and collaboration will be used to address alignment of people, resources, and processes to the agency mission, vision and purpose of the organization.
JUS618 Budget and Finance for Criminal Justice Administrators
Sound financial practices are crucial to managing increasingly scarce funds in criminal justice organizations. Students in this course will examine finance and budgeting concepts, policies, and practices related to criminal justice organizations as well as the fiscal climate within which they operate. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the intricacies of budgeting and related areas of fiscal administration, including line item budget format, financial forecasting, performance budgeting, budget development, budget implementation, internal controls, and cost analysis. Students will read, analyze and create budgets, financial statements, and reports.
JUS635 Leadership & Practical Application in Justice Administration
This course is intended to provide students the opportunity to expand their ability to enact the knowledge and learning acquired in the courses leading up to this course. The purpose is to demonstrate critical thinking, research, and inquiry skills to produce a capstone project. The capstone project will synthesize and integrate previous justice administration course content to complete a capstone practical application as related to the student’s professional experience. The capstone project will require a proposed-way-forward recommendation that reflects the policy interests and needs of the criminal justice community. The goal is to support the degree objectives of the graduate program. In addition, course content will include a strong leadership focus in criminal justice that practitioners require to promote criminal justice initiatives and direction.