Master of Science in Criminal Justice
Preparing you for leadership, teaching, and research roles in criminal justice
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program is a comprehensive multidisciplinary degree designed for criminal justice and social service professionals who
- Need additional knowledge and skills to advance to a higher-level position in their profession
- Desire to teach at a community college or university
- Seek an advanced degree as a prerequisite for entry into the criminal justice field
The program offers three areas of emphasis:
- Criminal Justice Management – for students seeking promotion to supervisory or administrative positions.
- Criminal Justice Theory – for students who want to continue graduate education in a PhD program, teach at a two-year college, or embark on a career in government research.
- Victim and Offender Services – for students interested in working with crime victims, juveniles, probation and parole clients, or providing services in institutional or community-based settings.
To provide maximum flexibility, no campus visits are required. You can log in to view course materials at times that are convenient for you.
The program’s curriculum is reviewed annually by the Criminal Justice Department Advisory Board, who makes recommendations for new course developments to meet the challenging demands of the field. The board is comprised of faculty and supervisors employed with federal, state, and local law enforcement and corrections agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau; and municipal police departments.