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Criminal Justice Management - MS

The Criminal Justice Master of Science (M.S.) degree program prepares students to become leaders in the criminal justice fields with the management and leadership skills to move from line-level positions to supervisory and managerial roles. The program will provide students with an academically rigorous learning experience that includes an advanced understanding of criminal justice management as an area of inquiry and as an academic discipline and profession; and the advanced knowledge, skills and abilities required for leadership positions, highly specialized criminal justice positions, pursuit of further education in a doctoral program or law school, and/or teaching positions.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the entire American criminal justice system and the legal, theoretical and public policy issues that are relevant to it.
  • Articulate an understanding of diversity (including, but not limited to, ethnicity, culture, issues pertaining to gender, religion, and other universals that link all humans), and demonstrate orally and/or in writing, effects of diversity on the lives of people within the context of contemporary issues of justice.
  • Demonstrate a strong background in the managerial issues of importance to agency leadership including financial, personnel, project and facilities management.
  • Demonstrate the analytical skills to develop policy within a global context and contribute to contemporary workplace practice and reflective analysis.
  • Lead a team and collaborate with different criminal justice agencies; a true asset in the competitive market for higher-tier criminal justice positions.
  • Exercise the skills to pursue management careers at the federal, state or municipal level, from the corrections, probation and parole fields to security management, intelligence analysis, victim advocacy and social work.
  • Appreciate and utilize professional and ethical decision making in the field of criminal justice.

To be considered for acceptance into the program, applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.85. However, applicants with GPAs below 2.85 will be considered based on additional factors: coursework completed beyond the baccalaureate, reputation of undergraduate institution, undergraduate major, and current position’s level of responsibility.

In addition, scores on standardized tests such as GMAT, GRE, ETS test of Business Knowledge and other nationally recognized instruments will be considered. Students who have an undergraduate GPA below 2.85 are strongly encouraged to submit a GMAT or GRE score.

Other factors considered for admission include two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose describing why you want to enter the program and how you believe your previous training and experience will help you succeed. The statement should not exceed 500 words and must be submitted in printed form. Both may be emailed to Graduate Admissions at or faxed to 401-598-1286. To apply for the online M.S. in Criminal Justice Management degree, email the form and statement to or fax to 401-598-4553.

Criminal Justice Management

Master of Science (M.S.)

Major Courses
CJS5500Criminal Justice Research Methods4.5
CJS5510Legal and Ethical Aspects of Criminal Justice Management4.5
CJS5520Policy and Budget Development for the Criminal Justice Manager4.5
CJS5610Advanced Administration of Criminal Justice4.5
CJS5620Contemporary Criminology and Crime Prevention4.5
CJS5630Advanced Legal Issues in Criminal Justice4.5
CJS5710Advanced Corrections Administration4.5
CJS5720Police Administration and Management4.5
CJS5730Court Administration4.5
CJS6800Criminal Justice Management Capstone Project/Thesis4.5
Total Credits45.0
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