Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management

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Program Description

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management degree is designed for persons in mid-management positions in criminal justice agencies or for those who have a reasonable expectation of being promoted to such a position. It serves practitioners whose jobs and family commitments prevent them from returning to campus as full-time students. The Master of Science program restructures classroom hours allowing the fully-employed person to earn a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management program in two years. The degree program is offered in two delivery formats: weekend or online. For the weekend program, on-campus classroom attendance requires about five weekends each spring and fall semester and during the combined summer sessions. A student in full-time attendance earns six credit hours in each of the fall and spring semesters and combined summer sessions, totaling 18 credit hours per year. The online format requires students to complete one course in a 7 1/2 week format. Students complete two consecutive courses each semester for a total of six semesters.


Please submit all documents to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Admission considerations include the following:

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution in an allied field
  4. Official transcripts of all academic work previously undertaken
  5. An acceptable undergraduate degree grade point average (Note: A prima facie acceptable GPA is a 3.0 for the final 60 baccalaureate credits; a GRE score may be required to demonstrate graduate study readiness if the GPA is inordinately low)
  6. One letter from the applicant’s employment agency, indicating awareness of the time commitment involved over the next two-year period, and a willingness to enable the employee to keep his/her weekend commitments (for the weekend program only)
  7. A completed College of Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Applicant Questionnaire
  8. A personal essay regarding career background and goals
  9. Current employment in a criminal justice occupation with a minimum of three years experience
  10. International students ONLY: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required

A holistic review of each student’s application will be completed on a competitive basis.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management is a 36-hour degree program. No thesis is required, but the student must complete a capstone course (CRIJ 6388) with a grade of B or better to satisfy the University’s comprehensive examination requirement.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management (Non-thesis)

1 A grade of B or better in CRIJ 6388 is required for graduation.
Master of Science (M.S.) in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management (Non-thesis)
Course Name Hours
Specified Courses (21 credit hours)
Choose all from:
CRIJ 6333 Seminar in Organization and Administration 3
CRIJ 6334 Research Methods and Quantitative Analysis in Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 6335 Seminar in Leadership and Management 3
CRIJ 6363 Leadership Psychology in Criminal Justice Management 3
CRIJ 6392 Program Evaluation for Criminal Justice Management 3
CRIJ 6388 Emergent Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership1 3
CRIJ 6396 Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice Management 3
Electives (15 credit hours)
Choose five from:
CRIJ 5330 Critical Analysis of Justice Administration 3
CRIJ 6332 Resource Development in the Organizational Context 3
CRIJ 6336 Computer/Technology Applications for Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 6339 Police in Society 3
CRIJ 6372 Seminar in Criminology and Corrections 3
CRIJ 6365 Community Theory and the Administration of Justice 3
CRIJ 6394 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3
Total 36


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