MS in Criminal Justice: Corrections

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If you are attracted to a career that will enable you to fill a leadership role within the U.S. penal system, then Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections program could be the advanced program you need to prepare for this goal. Continue reading for more information about Kaplan University's online MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

As a student of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections online program, you will have the opportunity to study various theories and concepts in criminology in addition to corrections systems and relevant issues in this field of criminal justice. Courses in the specialization area cover prison reform, correctional facilities operations, prison supervision practices, the roles of corrections and courts in the juvenile justice system, community service programs, and legal issues in corrections. The core curriculum focuses on research methods and theories, giving you the chance to work on research projects and develop organizational, management, and analytical skills.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Current professional experience in a prison, juvenile correctional institution, or court is important before enrolling in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections program. Having taken introductory or fundamental courses in criminal justice or criminology is beneficial. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Kaplan University's online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program requires the completion of 55 credits. A total of 20 credits are designated for the the Corrections specialization and 30 credits are for core coursework. Two tracks of study are offered in the MS in Criminal Justice program for students selecting a specialization: comprehensive exam or applied research. Specific course requirements are subject to change.

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Corrections Requirements

  • Introduction to Graduate Studies in Public Safety
  • Criminological Theory
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety

Comprehensive Exam Track

  • Research Methodology
  • Critical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • Comprehensive Examination

Applied Research Track

  • Applied Research in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Research Project

Corrections Requirements

  • Critical Issues in Corrections
  • Comparative Correctional Systems
  • Critical Issues in Juvenile Justice
  • Community-Based Corrections

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successfully completing all core and specialization requirements of Kaplan University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections program, you could seek management jobs in the criminal justice field. You could apply your knowledge of practices and procedures in corrections to positions in prisons, courts, local or state probation offices, or youth detention centers. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Corrections administrator
  • Correctional officer supervisor
  • Parole/probation manager
  • Penologist
  • Warden