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The South University Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program is designed for individuals employed in the criminal justice system, as well as those in other careers, both public and private, who wish to acquire further education in criminal justice. Prerequisites are limited so that qualified students with bachelor's degrees in related fields such as criminology, psychology, business or public administration, anthropology, political science, sociology or related social sciences may enroll along with students who have undergraduate degrees in criminal justice.
The program is primarily designed to foster a learning community of criminal justice professionals who will use their knowledge within law enforcement, correctional, political, and legal arenas. Program graduates will be prepared to seek admission to doctoral programs in criminal justice, criminology, and related fields, as well as to seek advancement within law enforcement, correctional, local and state government, and legal institutions.
The goals of the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program are to provide students with:
- Professional skills necessary to assume leadership positions in the administration of criminal justice agencies.
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of criminal justice institutions and processes, and current criminal justice policy.
- Advanced knowledge and understanding of research methods and program evaluation techniques to effectively conduct and/or evaluate social policy research.
Student learning outcomes for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree program include:
- Students may demonstrate mastery of skills in the areas of theoretical and applied criminal justice as well as in managerial principles and practices to effectively solve a variety of real-life problems within a complex organization.
- Students may understand the relationship between crime theory, crime policy, and professional practice.
- Students may demonstrate interactive skills and learn behavioral strategies for improving systemic communication within and between criminal justice agencies.
- Students may demonstrate the ability to effectively interpret and make use of research methodology by completing a final research project prospectus on a topic related to professional practice in an actual criminal justice agency.