The Master of Science in Criminal Justice provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully compete in a variety of professional positions in the criminal justice system or in closely related fields.
The graduate program requires the completion of 33 credit hours with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average (GPA). All students are required to take the following courses: Foundations of Scholarship, Crime, Justice, and Society, Criminology, Seminar Research Methods, Analyzing Crime Data, and Ethics in Crime Policy.
Additionally, the Masters' program offers two concentration options. The Criminal Justice Administration option is offered with the cooperation with the Master of Public Administration program. Alternatively, students may pursue an optional concentration in Crime and Corrections.
Incoming students lacking a background in criminal justice are able to take the course "Structure and Process in Criminal Justice." The course is designed to provide these students fundamental knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Between these core courses, voluntary options, and the program's electives, students acquire detailed knowledge of the five broad areas of criminal justice. Students learn about the role of information technology in the criminal justice system. Additionally, students will become familiar with major data sources, as they learn to carry out research and data analysis in criminal justice. Students will also sharpen critical thinking abilities through assignments designed to further student development of oral and written skills. In addition to providing a solid foundation in contemporary criminal justice, the program emphasizes the dynamics of diversity in the criminal justice system, and the recursive relationships between the criminal justice system and society.
Finally, the program takes advantage of Bridgewater State College's John Joseph Moakley Center for Technological Applications.
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Last Modified: September 10, 2010