Students, in either concentration, who complete the degree requirements for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice Program will be able:
1. Understand and articulate key concepts in criminology and criminal justice.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the nature of crime in the United States and of recent and historical U.S. crime trends.
3. Develop a comparative understanding of major criminological theories and the strengths and weaknesses of these theories in explaining various types of crime and informing public policy.
4. Develop a familiarity with the design, structure, and function of the key components of the U.S. criminal justice system.
5. Understand how to apply social scientific research methods and statistics to the study of crime and criminal justice policy.
6. Integrate criminal justice theory and research findings with criminal justice practice.
7. Understand the development of contemporary criminal justice issues in modern societies and articulate how these issues may be informed by scientific research and analysis.