The field of criminal justice is dynamic and demanding, with an ever-increasing need for advances in forensic science, criminal behavioral analysis (including an understanding of criminal psychopathology and victimology), and administration of rapidly changing criminal justice systems and agencies (emphasizing management and crime policy).
Our Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice offers students a multidisciplinary, research-based, fluid transition and continuation of study from existing undergraduate emphases to the graduate level to address these critical areas. The program consists of 30 hours, or 36 hours with a thesis, in a residential setting. Graduates from the HSU MS in Criminal Justice will have chosen from one of three tracks which will prepare them for advanced service in a variety of positions within the justice system including forensics science, behavioral analysis, or justice administration and management.
Our 36 graduate semester hour (thesis) program leads to a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Our 30 graduate semester hour (non-thesis) program also leads to a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
The on-campus program consists of online, face to face, and hybrid courses to allow students some flexibility to work and study.
Ten-year growth projections for criminal justice jobs show double-digit percentage increase for a number of categories. Median salaries for many of those jobs is between $50,000 and $88,000 per year.
All courses and course descriptions for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice can be found in the Graduate Catalog.
36 (with thesis) graduate semester hour program leading to a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
30 (non-thesis) graduate semester hour program leading to a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
All graduates will demonstrate knowledge and the ability to critically analyze theories and methodologies related to the justice system, as well as proficiency in one or more chosen tracks of specific study.
Forensic Science Track (Thesis Courses CRIJ 6300 and 6301 as needed)
CRIJ 5303 Topics in Forensic Science (with Lab)
CRIJ 5313 Forensic Evidence and Expert Testimony
CRIJ 5311 Crime Scene Investigation
BSAD 6322 Quantitative Research Methods
CRIJ 5321 Ethics in the Justice System
CRIJ 6305 Forensic Pathology and Anthropology
CRIJ 6404 Forensic Analysis of Pattern, Physical and Trace Evidence
Criminal Behavioral Analysis Track (Thesis Courses CRIJ 6300 and 6301 as needed)
CRIJ 6333 Forensic Psychology
CCMF 6360 Addictions
CCMF 6354 Child and Adolescent Counseling
CRIJ 5304 Profiling Serial Offenders
CRIJ 5319 Sex Crimes
COHD 6330 Psychology of Mental Health
COHD 6357 Advanced Addictions Counseling
Justice Administration and Management Track (Thesis Courses CRIJ 6300 and 6301 as needed)
MGMT 5367 Advanced Organizational Theory
BSAD 6310 Issues in Management and Marketing
ECON 6330 Economic Analysis
CRIJ 6323 Emergent Issues in Justice Administration
BSAD 6311 Business Reporting and Finance
CRIJ 6323 Justice Management and Media
Add ISCI 6335 Topics in Cybersecurity (Elective) to each 2-year plan.
Learning will be assessed within individual courses including the required courses and the courses taken to complete the desired track or emphasis of study. Additionally, graduate students will sit for Comprehensive Oral and Written Examinations that are track specific. Thesis track students will be required to defend their thesis.
To be eligible for admission to the MS in Criminal Justice Program, a candidate must hold or be pursuing a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours and a 3.0 in the undergraduate major. Students may hold an undergraduate degree in any field. A writing sample and a written statement of professional purpose and goals must be provided. No GRE required.
Conditional acceptance may be granted by the Program Director to applicants whose GPA in their last 60 semester hours is less than 3.0 with a minimum of 2.75. Conditional students must achieve a 3.0 GPA after completing four courses approved by the Program Director by the end of their second semester of graduate student to be granted full admission standing.
Undergraduate HSU students may receive up to 6 hours graduate course credit for courses taken toward their academic plan with Program Director and instructor approval. Students taking the courses for graduate level credit must complete extra assignments involving additional research, writing, and oral presentations. Final requirements to be determined by the course instructor.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth throughout this decade is projected to occur in law enforcement, private investigators, correctional, probation, and parole officers, and forensic science technicians. Our MS in Criminal Justice prepares you for any of these careers:
Potential Employment Opportunities
The study of the justice system in an environment enlightened by faith begins with an understanding of the foundational role practitioners play in facilitating ethical and just responses at all levels. The integrity of the system is heavily reliant upon the character of the women and men serving within it. Equal treatment under the law is a core principle within this framework.
This multidisciplinary approach provides graduate students with the opportunity to enhance their broad knowledge base as well as specialize in an area of focus. The overall objective is to equip students to master competencies necessary for service in this dynamic and demanding field, encouraging them to face challenges through the lens of acting justly, seeking to be merciful, and walking humbly.
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