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MCJ Criminal Justice

The Master of Criminal Justice prepares personnel for administrative positions in the police, corrections, juvenile, and judicial systems. The objectives of the program are based upon the assumption that criminal justice decision and policy making in society require broad academic experience, innovative thinking, understanding of the theoretical foundations of the field, knowledge of appropriate research methods, and principles of administration. The major focus is to demonstrate that criminal justice in the United States and the problems associated with crime and delinquency must be viewed within the context of the larger society rather than as an isolated system. The program includes analysis of the major elements within criminal justice as related elements in a system in which decisions regarding crime and justice in one sphere may have consequences in other spheres.

Graduates are expected to be:

  1. conversant with the theoretical and legal principles implicit in criminal justice administration;
  2. knowledgeable about essential research contributions in the field;
  3. capable of research analysis appropriate to the field; and
  4. competent to assume administrative responsibilities involving decision making in one of the areas of criminal justice administration.

Master of Criminal Justice

Core Requirements
C JK 500Multivariate Analysis 23
C JK 501Advanced Criminology 23
C JK 502Philosophy of Law3
C JK 503Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice3
C JK 506Program Evaluation 2,43
or C JK 598 Advanced Methods
C JK 510Criminal Justice System3
C JK 522Advanced CJ Ethics3
Emphasis Requirements15
Total Semester Credit Hours36
2

 These courses assume upper-level, undergraduate competency in applied statistics, criminology, research methods, and ethics.  Lack of competency in any of these areas may require completing undergraduate coursework to satisfy competency.

3

 Offered three times per year.  Subject areas include theory, methods, statistics, and ethics.

4

 C JK 598 is required for Thesis Emphasis.


Master of Criminal Justice - Professional Emphasis

Students who wish to enhance their professional standing as a criminal justice practitioner, and students who are pursuing the MCJ online, should choose the professional track concentration.  this track does not prepare one for college teaching or doctoral work.

Emphasis Requirements
C JK 507Homeland Security3
C JK 521Leadership & Supervision3
Choose Three of the following9
The Juvenile Justice System 1
Program Evaluation
Terrorism
Regression Analyses
Treatment in Corrections
Special Topics
Advanced Methods
Forensic Anthropology
Theoretical Sociology
C JK 577Comprehensive Exam0
Total Semester Credit Hours15
1

 C JK 506 and C JK 598 may be used in the professional emphasis if it is not used in the core area.

Master of Criminal Justice - Thesis Emphasis

Students who wish to pursue an academic career in teaching of research, or who wish to pursue a doctoral degree, should choose the thesis track concentration.  the thesis track is not open to students who are pursuing an online MCJ degree.

Emphasis Requirements
C JK 521Leadership & Supervision3
Choose two of the following:6
The Juvenile Justice System
Program Evaluation (Cannot be used in core)
Homeland Security
Terrorism
Regression Analyses 2,3
Treatment in Corrections
Special Topics
Forensic Anthropology
Theoretical Sociology
Thesis
C JK 597Thesis (Semester 1)3
C JK 597Thesis (Semester 2)3
Total Semester Credit Hours15
2

 These courses assume upper-level, undergraduate competency in applied statistics, criminology, research methods, and ethics.  Lack of competency in any of these areas may require completing undergraduate coursework to satisfy competency.

3

 Assumes competency in multivariate analysis on either the undergraduate of graduate level.

Masters of Criminal Justice - Homeland Security Emphasis

Emphasis Requirements
HLSC 507Homeland Security3
HLSC 509Terrorism3
HLSC 520Religious Terrorism3
HLSC 521Leadership & Supervision3
HLSC 570Foundations of Information Security3
C JK 577Comprehensive Exam0
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Required Courses

C JK 500. Multivariate Analysis. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Introduction to multivariate techniques and measures, including chi-based, lambda, gamma, Spearman's rho, Pearson's r, bivariate and partial tables, scatterplots, and regression. Use and interpretation of a statpak and outputs. This course assumes basic competency in upper-level, undergraduate statistics, including measures of central tendency, dispersion, and hypothesis testing using significance levels. Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate or graduate coursework in statistics or instructor approval.

C JK 501. Advanced Criminology. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

In-depth examination of major theoretical perspectives of crime and deviancy. Theories are analyzed for their logical and empirical adequacy in light of what is known about the distribution of crime and deviant behavior. Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate or graduate coursework in Criminology or instructor approval.

C JK 510. Criminal Justice System. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A study of the criminal justice system in the United States. This course includes a systems approach to the study of criminal justice and the interrelationships of the various components. The social and political issues related to the criminal justice system are examined in depth.

C JK 521. Leadership & Supervision. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A critical examination of leadership and organizational theories focused on identifying problems and solutions in criminal justice management. The case study method and current literature provide experiences on how leadership styles, human resources, and the organizational environment impact management decisions.

C JK 522. Advanced CJ Ethics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The practical implications of moral philosophy and ethics in a free society during the day-to-day administration of a criminal justice agency are discussed.

C JK 598. Advanced Methods. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The study of social scientific research methods, focusing specifically on criminal justice research. Includes an advanced review of procedures and techniques for research in criminology, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students are able to critically examine research designs and published research findings. Prerequisite(s): Undergraduate or graduate course in Research Methods or instructor approval.

C JK 505. The Juvenile Justice System. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

A critical analysis of the policies and practices of the juvenile justice system.

C JK 503. Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course addresses issues related to racial/ethnic minorities and crime in America. Perceptions of race, class, offending, and victimization are explored. Disparities in offending, victimization, law enforcement practices, trial process, and sentencing are examined in depth.

C JK 506. Program Evaluation. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course is designed to introduce students to what program evaluation is, the need for program evaluations, and the methods used to conduct evaluations.

C JK 507. Homeland Security. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An in-depth study of strategic, legal, policy, operational, and organizational issues associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland from foreign and domestic terrorist threats. Topics include legal issues in Homeland Security; effective interfacing between local, state, and federal agencies, emergency management operations; and planned response strategies.

C JK 502. Philosophy of Law. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Explores the origin of laws, the purpose of law, and law and morality. Students also learn about different philosophical perspectives influencing law makers, law enforcers, and judicial decision making.

C JK 509. Terrorism. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines the definitions, history, beliefs, practices, organizational structure, and conflicts involved in terrorist activities. Addresses funding and criminal connections with terrorist organizations. Treats efforts at counterterrorism, as well as the psychological aspects of suicide terrorism.

C JK 511. Regression Analyses. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Provides an in-depth examination into linear regression, logistic regression, and ordinal logistic regression. Students also learn how to clean data and work with syntax.

C JK 512. Treatment in Corrections. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

This course covers the various types of treatment provided in corrections. Students learn about treatment programs used in correctional institutions and community corrections, with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment.

C JK 515. Special Topics. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Study of selected topics related to criminal justice. This course may be repeated when topics vary, for additional course credit.

HLSC 507. Homeland Security. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

An in-depth study of strategic, legal, policy, operational, and organizational issues associated with the defense of the U.S. homeland from foreign and domestic terrorist threats. Topics include legal issues in Homeland Security, effective interfacing between local, state, and federal agencies, emergency management operations, and planned response strategies.

HLSC 509. Terrorism. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Examines the definitions, history, beliefs, practices, organizational structure, and conflicts involved in terrorist activities. Addresses funding and criminal connections with terrorist organizations. Treats efforts at counterterrorism as well as the psychological aspects of suicide terrorism.

HLSC 520. Religious Terrorism. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Critically examines the religious motivations, support, and tactics behind the phenomena of domestic and foreign terrorism. Case studies and histories of specific terrorist organizations will be reviewed. Justifications for violence and terrorist targets will be examined.

HLSC 521. Leadership & Supervision. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

Critical examination of leadership and organizational theories focused on identifying problems and solutions in criminal justice management. The case study method and current literature provide experiences on how leadership styles, human resources, and the organizational environment impact management decisions.

HLSC 570. Foundations of Information Security. 3 Semester Credit Hours.

The course covers fundamental concepts and principles of Information Security Management and Information Assurance as it affects modern business operations. Topics covered include Security and Risk Management, Business Assets Security, Communication and Network Security, Database Security, Operating systems security, Identity and Access Control Management, Physical, technical and operational security measures, Security policy and management, Issues, trends, and legal aspects of cyber security. Prerequisite(s): None.

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