Master of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Justice Administration Concentration

Semester 1
Contemporary Criminal Justice Issues & Trends
Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice
Human Resource Management
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Semester 2
Research Design & Analysis
Legal & Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
Justice Administration Policy Formulation & Analysis
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
Semester 3
Administrative Law & Management
Administrative Theory in Justice Administration
Education/Training Analysis & Design
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice

 
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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JUS 530 Human Resource Management
Provides a thorough examination 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.
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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.
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JUS 615 Administrative Law and Management
Provides an analysis of the legal principles and doctrines that govern criminal justice agencies at the local, state, and federal levels of government. The quasi-legislative and quasi-judicial functions of justice agencies will be examined as well as the administrative rule making process which allows law enforcement, court services, and corrections agencies to interpret and implement law related to their legal mandate.
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JUS 620 Administrative Theory in Justice Administration
Presents an advanced study of theories of individual and group motivation, organizational behavior, management, organizing, and leadership, and other essentials in understanding how to successfully lead modern criminal justice agencies. Focus will be on significant past and recent research findings in the behavioral sciences which will assist current and prospective managers in obtaining results, satisfying workers, establishing public accountability, creating comfortable work environments, and adapting to rapid changes in society. Other topics include decision-making, managing diversity, empowerment of agency associates, value-centered work environments, re-engineering, and continuous quality improvement.
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JUS 625 Education/Training Analysis and Design
Provides participants the opportunity to identify, analyze, develop, implement, and evaluate agency associates' education and training status. A major training/education project will be prepared to include the assessment of educational/training needs, the design of a learning program, the presentation of the project, and an evaluation of the amount of learning which transpired.
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JUS 630,631,632 Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice
The Pro-seminar in Criminal Justice is designed to provide graduate students in criminal justice the opportunity to hear, interact with, and critique the ideas of major executives, managers, leaders, and scholars in criminology, law, and criminal justice. Presentations of two featured speakers will be done primarily online or in-person at designated locations. Students are required to critique the ideas and commentary of leaders in criminology, law, criminal justice, and/or related fields.
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