Master - Criminal Justice

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Saint Joseph's University offers a Master's of Science in Criminal Justice for individuals who wish to gain the skills and knowledge necessary to become an integral part within the criminal justice umbrella and advance in their careers. Read on for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

With emphasis on administration, research, and theory, Saint Joseph's University's graduate program in Criminal Justice will prepare you to pursue a broad range of careers in areas such as government, law, court and correctional systems, or even the paralegal profession. As you progress through the program, you'll examine the connection between morality and law as well as the ethical implications of mandatory sentencing and capital punishment. The online format gives students the flexibility to incorporate classes into their schedule because all aspects of your program, including class assignments, can be completed online.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. For additional details about the program requirements, it's advantageous to speak with a Program Manager.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Master's of Science in Criminal Justice is a 30 credit hour program. Within the 30 credits, students will take 10 courses. These courses consist of four core courses and the selection of six electives.

Master's of Science in Criminal Justice Core Course Requirements

Course Code Course Name
CRJ 550 Research Methods and Analysis
CRJ 560 Criminological Theory
CRJ 565 Ethics and Criminal Justice
CRJ 570 Professional Writing for Law Enforcement

Homeland Security Elective Options

Course Code Course Name
CRJ 640 Terrorism: Threats and Strategy
CRJ 641 Homeland Security
CRJ 645 Sociology of Disasters
CRJ 646 Risk Assessment

Behavior Analysis Elective Options

Course Code Course Name
CRJ 622 Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis
CRJ 623 Applied Behavior Analysis
CRJ 624 Behavior Analysis and Consultation
CRJ 625 Behavioral Development
CRJ 626 Clinical Behavior Analysis

General Elective Options

Course Code Course Name
CRJ 656 The Criminal Justice System
CRJ 616 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency: Issues and Responses
CRJ 607 Multiculturalism and Diversity in Criminal Justice
CRJ 637 Forensic Financial Analysis

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

By going the extra mile and acquiring a graduate degree, you may have the opportunity to pursue a number of different career fields. For instance, you might apply for jobs such as the following:

  • Probation Officer
  • F.B.I. Agent
  • Police Officer
  • C.I.A. Agent
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Private Detective
  • Correctional Officer