Master of Science in Criminal Justice
The master of science in criminal justice emphasizes both theory and research. Students will have the opportunity to acquire advanced knowledge of current and developing criminological theory, data analysis, and criminal justice policy and practice. The curriculum consists of five core course courses and concentrations in one of three areas: administration, criminology, and geo-information science.
The administration concentration focuses on the organizational structure and functions of criminal justice agencies. The criminology concentration is interdisciplinary in nature drawing from psychology, sociology, biology, and economics, and focuses on understanding the cause of crime and ways to assist criminal justice professionals and officials in implementing the most effective ways to prevent and reduce crime. The geo-information science concentration is unique to Salem State and uses computerized mapping to problem solve, develop policy, and analyze crime. Our individualized curriculum helps students develop the competence to conduct sophisticated crime analysis, policy development and problem solving, while preparing students for leadership roles in their chosen fields. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.
Program highlights include:
- Individualized 36 credit curriculum geared toward developing competencies in sophisticated crime analysis, policy development, and problem solving
- Quinn Bill certified program
- Comprehensive exam offered three times per year
- Flexible evening course schedule
- Program is available on a full and part-time basis
Hybrid and Online Offerings
Pursue your Master of Science in Criminal Justice on either a full or part-time basis. Courses are available through a combination of hybrid and online classes. The five core courses are offered in a hybrid format which includes a face to face component as well as online work. The hybrid format affords students the opportunity to interact in person with faculty and their classmates. Students come to campus once a week throughout the semester and are able to take two core courses simultaneously as they run alternating weeks. Upon completing the five core courses, students take their electives online.
The MS in criminal justice prepares students for leadership roles in their chosen fields. Many of our students are already employed in the field and are seeking to advance their careers. Professional opportunities in criminal justice are diverse and include areas such as: law enforcement, homeland security, security management, corrections, probation, and criminal investigation.
Whether you want to learn more about courses, faculty members or general program information, get in touch with the graduate program coordinator to see what this program has to offer you!
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