School of Social Sciences

Criminal Justice and Public Safety

Criminal justice is multidisciplinary, drawing on broad fields of knowledge, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences.

The program is designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in policing, homeland security and emergency management, as well as those who are already employed in criminal justice and security. Students may complete coursework in a variety of special topics, including crime mapping, geographic information systems and cybersecurity, among others.


Graduate Degrees

Program Information

Learning Goals

  • Students will identify key functions of public safety and their contemporary and historical contexts.
  • Students will identify core components and processes of the criminal justice system and describe and analyze major issues.
  • Students will use appropriate methodological techniques for criminal justice research and discuss findings effectively.
  • Students will analyze data in a variety of criminal justice and public safety contexts to make effective decisions.
  • Students will apply a variety of skills developed throughout the MSCJPS curriculum to complete a substantial project or paper addressing a public policy issue.
  • Students will analyze and assess fundamental concepts, theories and systems that shape Criminal Justice.
  • Students will analyze and assess fundamental concepts, theories and systems that shape contemporary approaches to Public Safety.
  • Students will identify public safety risks using various risk analysis tools, and describe ways to plan, prepare, manage, and mitigate natural and human made risks.

 Admission Requirments

  • Applicants must provide official transcripts as evidence of a completed B.S./B.S. from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum 3.00 last 60 undergraduate hours, 2.75 overall minimum with special consideration to individuals with five years related work experience.
  • GRE (Subject to review, the program may waive the GRE for students with a 3.5 or higher undergraduate GPA in a related field.
  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and goals for entering the program.
  • TOEFL score 550 paper /79 Internet required for international students whose first language is not English.
  • Students may provide supplementary materials such as letters of recommendations, writing samples, and related materials.
  • An application fee of $40 is required to apply for this program.

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