Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Salem State's graduate program in criminal justice is designed for professionals currently working in the criminal justice system who wish to advance their career, college graduates who want to further their education before entering the criminal justice field and students who may wish to continue study toward a doctoral degree. The program is Quinn Bill approved and adheres to the university's guidelines for graduate programs and the standards of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for graduate programs.

Our curriculum emphasizes theory and research. You will acquire advanced knowledge of current and developing criminological theory, data analysis and criminal justice policy and practice. Our curriculum helps students develop the competence to conduct sophisticated crime analysis, policy development and problem solving, preparing students for leadership roles in their chosen fields.

The program consists of courses in three areas: core, concentration and elective. Enrollment is part-time, and you can complete the program in two years by taking two courses per semester, including two summers. Choose between two capstone options, either thesis or non-thesis. In addition, there is a comprehensive exam offered three times a year. We schedule courses in the evening so you can balance educational, work and personal commitments. 

Administration Concentration

All criminal justice agencies, including the courts, police, and correctional facilities, require managers at various levels. The administration concentration in criminal justice focuses on the organizational structure and functions of such agencies and is an ideal program for students aiming to gain working knowledge of criminal justice agencies.

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Criminology Concentration

Criminology is the study of crime and its causes as well as its effects and social impacts. Criminologists study crime data to better understand the many causes of crime and to assist criminal justice professionals and officials in implementing the most effective ways to prevent and reduce crime. The field of criminology is interdisciplinary and draws from a number of other fields including psychology, sociology, biology, economics as well as many others. 

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Geo-Information Science Concentration

The GIS concentration is unique to Salem State. Geo-information science uses computerized mapping to problem solve, develop policy and analyze crime and is particularly helpful to those pursuing a career in law enforcement.

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