For more than a decade, research has shown that interest in the law enforcement and criminal justice fields has increased at a considerably faster rate than the number of positions available. The roles of criminal justice personnel require a more advanced and broader understanding of criminal justice, law, behavioral science, administration, security, and conflict resolution. Data indicate better-educated criminal justice personnel are likely to be more effective problem solvers and better communicators with the public. While many criminal justice departments use a high-school diploma as a minimum entrance requirement, professionals actually hired will continue to pursue advanced degrees with additional skills, abilities, and experiences.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice trains those interested in the justice system through an interdisciplinary focus. It prepares students through a core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters development of specialized experiences.
The Criminal Justice Institute understands the demanding schedules of criminal justice personnel. The Program is available online, and delivery may be customized for individual department needs.