Master of Science in Criminal Justice


“For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.”

–John Locke

Master of Science in Criminal Justice

A Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) at NCWC educates new practitioners and provides professional education necessary for those seeking career advancement. The degree is designed with concentrations in both criminal justice practice and criminal justice administration. The practice area focuses on understanding specific methods, techniques, and skills utilized in the criminal and juvenile justice systems when interacting with victims, offenders, and other professionals. The administrative area emphasizes the formulation and implementation of policies, laws, and management issues such as decision making, fiscal responsibility, program evaluation and performance evaluation. The MSCJ degree is a pivotal link in the region, as currently no other private higher education non-profit school offers an online MSCJ degree.

Career Options:

  • Correctional Officer Supervisor
  • Police Supervisor
  • Detective Supervisor
  • Security Manager
  • Lead Criminal Investigator
  • District Attorney Investigator
  • Lead Probation Officer
  • Director of Court Services
  • Criminologist
  • Criminal Profiler
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Federal Agent
  • College Level Professor
  • Criminal Justice Manager

Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program Features & Highlights

Convenient

Take classes from anywhere! The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program is 100% online in accelerated 8-week terms.

Flexible

Complete your degree at your pace with a full-time or part-time schedule. Featuring three different start dates, begin when you are ready and earn your degree in as little as 12 months.

Affordable

NCWC’s graduate tuition rates are extremely competitive compared to other graduate schools in the U.S.

Experienced Faculty

Our engaging faculty have real-world professional experience to ensure you are challenged and supported through practical coursework.

CJ Master Program Overview

Applicants seeking admission to the MSCJ program must meet these four requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice or a related field
  • Two years of experience in criminal justice or a related field. (Students who do not meet this criteria will be required to complete an internship once admitted.)
  • At least three letters of recommendation, two must be from individuals in the CJ profession who have previously supervised or observed the applicant’s performance
  • Completed statement of purpose

Criminal Justice Administration

The administrative area emphasizes the formulation and implementation of policies, laws, and management issues such as decision making, fiscal responsibility, program evaluation, and performance evaluation. Students have the opportunity to apply this knowledge to practical exercises within their employment setting or other criminal justice agency.

Criminal Justice Practice

The practice area will focus on understanding specific methods, techniques, and skills utilized in the criminal and juvenile justice systems when interacting with victims, offenders, and other professionals. Students have the opportunity to explore best practices when dealing with terrorism, human trafficking, and chemical dependency.

Fall Semester – May 15
Summer Session – January 15
Spring Semester – October 15

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Curriculum

Requires the completion of 33 semester hours of credit.

Required Core Courses (18 hours)

This course is designed to focus on and develop the understanding of the systemic nature of current crime control efforts in the criminal justice system. The functions, processes, and structures of the criminal justice system and the interrelationship of the system’s various components will be studied, with an emphasis on law enforcement, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice components.

An analysis and study of crime victims and the relationship between the victims, offenders, society and social media. The issues of justice and redress for victims of criminal acts will be emphasized.

This course focuses on the traditional and current criminological theories applied to criminal behavior. Application of criminological theories to case studies will be used.

The study of research methods appropriate to criminal justice research. The focus will be on evaluation and critique of research methods and findings.

A study of the current challenges that confront the criminal justice system and its personnel. Strategies for addressing these challenges will be an integral part of this course. Case studies will be included.

Demonstration of knowledge gained in the MSCJ program by completing a program analysis paper or comprehensive examination. The topic for the program analysis paper will be selected by the student, and approved by the instructor. The topic will be consistent with the student’s area of concentration and will demonstrate comprehension and the ability to apply the knowledge gained to a relevant issues or problem in the criminal justice system. The comprehensive examination will be based on the classes completed by the student and the requirements of the major. Prerequisite JUS 630 and final semester.

Electives for Criminal Justice Administration Concentration (Select 15 hours)

A study of community leadership, development, social change and organization will be presented. Effective strategies for collaborating with others in the community and various organizations to achieve social change and more effective delivery of criminal justice services and programs will be presented.

The study of management theory and laws applicable to human resource management, including government regulations, employment strategies, compensation, benefits, performance evaluation, and termination procedures.

Grant writing strategies will be studied which prepare students to pursue funding opportunities in the criminal justice field. Principles specific to governmental agencies will be presented. Included is the study of financial management principles and theories that ensure accurate and valid records, including reporting and legal responsibilities.

A study of the formal organizations which comprise the workplace in contemporary American society; specifically, the influence of organizational structure on human behavior, characteristics of various structures, conflict between individual and organization, and organizational change.

A study of foundational and contemporary theories and cutting edge research that apply to the criminal justice system. Techniques for managing and developing an efficient and effective organization are included.

Intensive study of a student selected, instructor approved topic in criminal justice.

Field experience in the criminal justice system, reserved for those students approved by the criminal justice internship coordinator. The internship will provide a broadened insight in the criminal justice system.

Electives for Criminal Justice Practice Concentration (Select 15 hours)

Grant writing strategies will be studied which prepare students to pursue funding opportunities in the criminal justice field. Principles specific to governmental agencies will be presented. Included is the study of financial management principles and theories that ensure accurate and valid records, including reporting and legal responsibilities.

A study of the formal organizations which comprise the workplace in contemporary American society; specifically, the influence of organizational structure on human behavior, characteristics of various structures, conflict between individual and organization, and organizational change.

A study of foundational and contemporary theories and cutting edge research that apply to the criminal justice system. Techniques for managing and developing an efficient and effective organization are included.

A study of current issues and the impact on society and the criminal justice system. Students develop an understanding of these issues and the challenges that they present. Strategies for addressing these issues are included.

This course will explore the interrelatedness of drugs and crime and the intervention and prevention strategies utilized by criminal justice organizations and other entities.

A study of historical and current techniques for supervising employees working with offenders and chemically dependent individuals. An integral part of this course will be role plays, case studies, and coaching sessions.

This course is designed to provide a modern perspective on issues related to race, gender and class in American society. The historical perspective will be reviewed while utilizing contemporary effective models of gender and race to demonstrate the relationship between these variables and the criminal justice system. Focus is not only on the offender, but also consideration given to personnel issues as well.

Intensive study of a student selected, instructor approved topic in criminal justice.

Field experience in the criminal justice system, reserved for those students approved by the criminal justice internship coordinator. The internship will provide a broadened insight in the criminal justice system.

Contact Person

Elizabeth S. Marsal, PhD
Associate Professor and Criminal Justice Coordinator

emarsal@ncwc.edu
252.985.5362
252.985.5109 fax