Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration

The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration provides post-baccalaureate education to criminal justice professionals from various backgrounds enhancing their ability to analyze, comprehend, and resolve complex problems confronting the criminal justice system in a diverse community today.

Court operations, corrections facilities, and law enforcement agencies actively encourage officers and other personnel to pursue criminal justice degrees as a means of gaining advanced training, improved salaries, and prestige in the field. Increasingly, federal, state, and local criminal justice operations employing criminal justice personnel, including law enforcement officers, corrections officers, and court personnel require college degrees as a condition of employment with promotion into higher-ranking leadership positions depending upon advanced degrees. This program promotes a commitment to continued scholarship and service among graduates as professional members of the criminal justice system thereby enhancing professionalism in a diverse community.

To achieve the objective of this program, the following learning outcomes have been established:

  1. Students will be able to explain how criminal justice theories and technologies impact the commission and solution of crime.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate criminal justice strategies, policies, and procedures to determine best practices.
  3. Students will be able to analyze research methodologies, training, and development techniques that result in effective management of criminal justice programs.
  4. Students will be able to examine causes, methods, and criminal justice agency counteractions to terrorism.

Estimated time of completion of this program is 3 years.

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Completion of Columbia Southern University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program does not guarantee that a graduate will meet all requirements and/or qualifications to become a peace officer, law enforcement professional, or corrections officer at the international, national, state, or local level. Students are encouraged to research licensing and job requirements to insure that he or she will be prepared for their desired career path.

Massachusetts Civil Service Disclosure: Students and prospective students who reside in a city or county that uses Massachusetts Civil Service for promotion should contact the Civil Service to determine eligibility to sit for promotional exams. Civil Service is a merit system under which state and municipal employees of police and fire departments may be hired and promoted.

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