Program note: The Master of Science in Criminal Justice is not accepting applications at this time, instead we offer a 12 credit Focus Area of Study in Criminal Justice.
While we presently do not offer our full Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree, the need to understand the criminal justice system, and how to transform it, has never been greater. The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice now offers a 12 credit Focus Area of Study in Criminal Justice as part of the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Individualized Studies.
Our graduate focus area in criminal justice is taught by our award-winning SLC resident faculty and comprises the following coursework:
- CJS 625 Justice Transformation and Community Healing (4 credits). Offered fall semester
- CJS 615 Program and Policy Evaluation in the Criminal Justice System (2 credits) AND CJS 620 Reducing Crime: What Works, What Doesn’t, What’s Promising? (2 credits). Offered spring semester
- CJS 645 Leadership and Innovation in Criminal Justice (4 credits). Offered summer semester
Students may also take CJS 660I Student Designed Independent Study to examine other criminal justice related topics.
These courses can be taken in any order and are open to any Metro State graduate student as approved graduate elective credits.
Students in Public and Nonprofit Leadership programs (e.g., MAPL, MNLM, MPA, MPNA) may be especially interested in these courses because they provide a unique opportunity to sample the criminal justice curriculum on your own terms. Explore timely and topical issues related to public safety policy, such as whether communities can reduce violence and ensure the health and security of their residents without depending on police.
Students will demonstrate and improve critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills as they learn what works to reduce crime and achieve justice.