Criminal Justice M.S.
Format Offered: On Campus or Online
For over twenty years, the master’s program in criminal justice at Saint Joseph’s has been at the forefront of education in intelligence-led policing and criminal justice administration. Criminal justice students create unique plans of graduate study that are compatible with individual interests and career objectives in both the public and private sectors. The program is flexible enough to allow students to concentrate on the theoretical and methodological knowledge needed to pursue a degree beyond a master's or to focus on the management skills necessary to succeed as upper-level decision makers.
Students are able to enhance their foundational knowledge of criminal justice; develop cognitive skills including written and oral communications, critical thinking, reasoning, and conducting research; apply ethical principles to complex social and legal issues; and prepare for their professional future. Concentrations include: administration/police executive; behavior counseling; criminology; intelligence & crime analysis; federal law enforcement; and probation, parole and corrections. Students have the opportunity to gain professional experience through credit-bearing internships in criminal justice and behavior analysis. Faculty are experts in their field as criminal justice practitioners and scholars, and take an active role in mentoring their students.
Graduates of the criminal justice program are prepared to serve as chiefs of police, intelligence officers at Regional Fusion Centers, restorative justice coordinators, community managers, federal law enforcement officers and higher education faculty among many other positions in the public and private sectors. Criminal Justice graduates continue to effect positive change in society as rigorously educated professionals and practitioners in the field.