I knew Tiffin University was the place for me the second I stepped foot on campus. I toured a handful of other universities offering similar programs, but TU was the only school that truly made me feel at home.
-Caleb Reynolds '15
Things aren’t always what they seem. For our society to be better, we must understand its people. You can develop expertise in the psychological causes of crime with classes that focus on trends and major crime problems and statistics, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management. Our grads have gone on to become behavioral health specialists, mental health workers, and social services managers.
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.
Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist.
Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)
To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.
This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.
Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.
“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police
Criminal Behavior Concentration – 30 hours
Total MS – 33 hours
This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.
Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October
Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends (JUS510) - Provides a contemporary overview of the criminal justice system with a focus on current trends, major crime problems and statistics, crime control issues, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, key decision-making by justice agents and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management which impact the quality of service to community residents.
Research Design and Analysis (JUS515) - Examines various research design models applied to the study of crime and agency administration issues. The course concludes a discussion of the philosophy of scientific inquiry, the discovery and conceptualization of research questions (descriptive, relational, and casual), the operalization of project concepts and variables, conduct of the study, data analysis, formulating conclusions and generalization of findings. This course will allow students to analyze various research designs such as historical, legal, action, quasi-experimental, experimental, content analysis, polling, meta-analysis, data mining, citation analysis, policy analysis, investigative reporting, action research, comparative method, observer, participant-observer, micro history, ethnography, oral history, symbolism, photographic analysis, geographic information systems, program evaluation, evaluation, survey research and other designs and methods. Students will also read and practice policy decisions from report research.
Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice (JUS520) - 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.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (JUS525) - The course examines ethical systems/models and their application to the multitude of criminal procedure, ethical, and civil liability issues in criminal justice such as substantive/procedural justice, legal paternalism, moral paternalism, punishment of the mentally ill/juveniles/white collar criminals, authority, power, discretion, duty, discrimination, gratuities, on-duty use of drugs/alcohol, graft, sexual harassment, excessive/deadly force, undercover work, media, investigation/interrogation, loyalty/whistle-blowing, professionalism and corruption.
Pro-Seminar in Criminal Justice I (JUS630) - 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.