Criminal Justice | MS
Be prepared to uphold the law in a leadership role. The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for professions in criminal justice while enhancing the academic and professional knowledge of those already employed. The curriculum engages students in exploring the relationship between theory and practice; the issues inherent in focusing on one over the other and the complexities of searching for answers to crime problems in an area so closely tied to social, political, and economic factors.
Students study both ethics and theory throughout the curriculum, integrating the two to inform policy and decision-making. The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approves the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program for participation in the Police Career Incentive Pay Program established by the Quinn Bill.
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Anna Maria College recognizes that criminal justice professionals face increasing challenges that demand knowledge and an appreciation of our diverse society. Over the years, Anna Maria College’s criminal justice programs have changed with the national scene, contributing to and living within some of the field’s highest academic standards. As criminal justice has grown and evolved, so have our programs, which continue to stand as a model for academic change and excellence. Collaborations and partnerships have allowed the programs to provide education and leadership beyond the traditional classroom walls. Emphasis on intellectual involvement, career preparation, social awareness, and dedication to peace and justice are cornerstones of our programs.
The faculty brings a broad spectrum of educational achievements and professional experiences to the classroom. Faculty and students come together as a community of scholars and learners to acquire knowledge in an ever-changing field and explore the boundaries of that knowledge through research and analytical thought. Anna Maria College-educated criminal justice professionals commit to professionalism and excellence and are mindful of their responsibilities to the community.
In addition to the general graduate studies admissions criteria, applicants must possess an undergraduate major in criminal justice or a closely related field. Employment in the field of criminal justice may be considered instead of the major.
The program consists of 12 courses: a required four-course sequence, seven electives, and successful completion of the Capstone Project or a written thesis.
Required Courses (4)
- PHL 600 Ethical Theory (or equivalent
- CRJ 710 Research Design and Methodology
- CRJ 711 Statistical Analysis
- CRJ 816 Criminological Thought
Total credits: 36
Elective Courses (7)
Seven elective criminal justice courses are required. Students may choose to take up to three courses (nine credit hours) in elective graduate coursework from related disciplines with program director approval.
- Capstone/Thesis Requirement (1)
- CRJ 891 Policy and Strategy or CRJ 892 Thesis
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program should:
- Comprehend and analyze a broad range of criminal justice concepts including the structure and operation of the criminal justice system, theoretical explanations of crime and criminality, consequences and responses to crime, the organization, and sociology of law enforcement, principles and sources of law, and the philosophy and practice of sanctions
- Demonstrate oral, written and technological communication skills consistent with standards in the field
- Identify and critically evaluate criminal justice literature and databases
- Practice and evaluate social science research
- Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications
- Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice, and civic responsibility
- Analyze the broader context in which the criminal justice system exists and its implications so closely tied to social, practical, global and economic forces