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Master's in Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

The Master's in Justice Administration is comprised of 31 credit hours. All criminal justice master's degree candidates complete a Common Core of coursework, two Specializations, and a Capstone Project.

Required Common Core courses have a ** designation.

Core Courses – 18 Credit Hours Required

  • Foundations in Justice Administration**
  • Criminological Theories in Justice Administration
  • Research, Design and Analysis**
  • Statistical Applications in Justice Administration**
  • Ethical Issues in Justice Administration**
  • Human Resource Management
  • Leadership Fundamentals
  • Legal Issues in Justice Administration

**Required Courses

Specialization Courses - 12 Credit Hours Required

  • Law Enforcement Administration (Law Enforcement Specialization)
  • Critical Issues in Law Enforcement (Law Enforcement Specialization)
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Homeland Security (Homeland Sec. Specialization)
  • Critical Issues in Homeland Security (Homeland Sec. Specialization)
  • Juvenile Justice Administration and Management (Juvenile Justice Specialization)
  • Critical Issues within the Juvenile Justice System (Juvenile Justice Specialization)
  • Family Violence (Family Services Specialization)
  • Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Crime (Family Services Specialization)
  • Corrections Administration (Corrections Specialization)
  • Critical Issues in Community Based Corrections (Corrections Specialization)
  • Sex Crimes: Myths & Motives (Investigator Specialization)
  • Violent Offenders: Crimes & Psychology (Investigator Specialization)
  • Addiction and the Offender Population (Addiction Studies Spec.)
  • Recovery and Relapse (Addiction Studies Spec.)
  • KLEC Law Enforcement Officer Training
  • KLEC Law Enforcement Manager Training
  • Criminal Justice Training and Education
  • Capstone Course in Justice Administration (Required - 1 credit hr)

For a full list of course offerings or more program specific information, visit our Academic Catalog page.