Master of Science in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Core Courses

CCJ 6056 Understanding Criminal Behavior
Provides an overview of the nature and scope of delinquency and crime problems. Surveys available theoretical formulation concerning criminal and delinquent behavior. Also considers the nature of scientific thought and practice in this field as well as analyzes crime, delinquency, and victimization within the demographic and ecological systems of society.

CCJ 6704 Research Methods and Data Analysis
Provides students with the fundamental theories and practice of criminological and criminal justice research. Examines theory and research, the nature of causation, and the structure of inquiry, including research design, conceptualization, measurement, and sampling. Addresses modes of observation, including experiments, survey research, and evaluation research. Applies qualitative and quantitative analysis.

CCJ 6902 Criminal Justice Research and Policy Foundations
Analyzes significant/classic scholarship related to law enforcement, judicial process, and adult and juvenile corrections that covers classic system reforms and experiments as well as critical analysis of contemporary policies and practices. Students will become familiar with the use of library resources in obtaining assigned readings and producing a term paper.

Restricted Electives

CJC 6021 Corrections Research, Policy, and Practice
Analysis of policy, theory, and research pertinent to the administration and management of jails, prisons, and community corrections. Reviews historical development of corrections policy and analysis of reform efforts.

CJJ 6046 Juvenile Justice Research, Policy, and Practice
Analysis of policy, theory, and research pertinent to the management of juvenile justice systems and youth service agencies. Focuses on policy issues and responses to at-risk youth, spanning prevention, diversion, and intervention within a multi-layered, intergovernmental context.

CJE 6426 Police Research, Policy, and Practice
Examines the factors and research advancements that have led to recent police innovations resulting in revolutionary changes in police practices, policies, and strategies that address crime reduction and prevention. Critically explores the effects of such policies on crime and disorder, as well as research practices, including unintended consequences for the community and the police organization.

CCJ 6475 Organizational Culture in Criminal Justice Agencies
Examines organizational culture in criminal justice in terms of the structures, processes, and values shaping employee behavior (including occupational isolation, administrative estrangement, territorial responsibility, and risk-taking). Factors influencing organizational culture are analyzed along with leadership’s role in creating and changing it.

CCJ 6669 Class, Race, and Gender in Criminal Justice
Examines how class, race, and gender structure experiences within the criminal justice system. It explores class, race, and gender in terms of criminal victimization, patterns of offending, and roles within each part of the criminal justice system—police, courts, and corrections.

Other Electives

CCJ 6142 Restorative Justice Research, Policy, and Practice
Contrasts traditional justice system approaches with emerging policy, theory, and research in restorative and community justice. Explores the vision associated with this unconventional paradigm, along with a range of issues related to its operational implementation.

CCJ 6456 Leadership in Criminal Justice Agencies
Explores future issues facing criminal justice agencies, along with the visionary leadership and organizational changes necessary to effectively address them. Relevant organizational theories, leadership strategies, and policy paradigms are applied to the contemporary challenges facing criminal justice.

CCJ 6458 Management Implications of Justice Policy and Management
Examines how public policy changes influence the organizational structure, strategic focus, internal policies, and management of criminal justice agencies. Explores the reciprocal relationship between the nature of policy implementation and the subsequent effectiveness of outcome results, focusing on the internal administrative/operational impact and the external environmental impact of recent policy initiatives in policing, corrections, and restorative justice.

CCJ 6675 Victims and the Justice Process
Advanced overview of the victims’ rights movement, victimization theory, and the justice system's response to victimization, as well as contemporary practices related to victim participation in the justice process. Explores initiatives for enhancing awareness of, sensitivity to, and integration of victims in the justice system.

CCJ 6905 Directed Independent Study
Prerequisite: Permission of coordinator and instructor. Reading, research, and in-depth analysis of a selected topic under faculty direction. Students are responsible for identifying a topic of study and securing the approval of an appropriate faculty member before registration.

CCJ 6934 Special Topics
In-depth exploration, analysis, and assessment of contemporary topics of special concern to the administration of criminal/juvenile justice systems.

Exit Options

CCJ 6485 Applying Criminal Justice Theory, Policy, and Research
Application of knowledge obtained throughout the program by formulating, implementing, analyzing, and evaluating a criminal justice system program or policy within law enforcement, the courts, corrections, or the juvenile justice system.

CCJ 6971 Master’s Thesis
Prerequisites: Departmental approval.
Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.