Criminal Justice, MS

Criminal justice and security agencies are under increased scrutiny—challenged to provide efficient and effective services; be transparent in their interactions with the public; and respond to changing local, national, and world conditions. To be successful, justice system leaders need to think strategically, communicate locally, and act ethically while developing comprehensive (and often multijurisdictional) solutions to crime and terrorism problems.

In response, Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies—in collaboration with the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice—offers the Master of Science in Criminal Justice. This innovative online master’s degree provides a path to excellence for leaders in law enforcement, courts, private security, and corrections organizations. Academically distinctive, graduate courses in this program emphasize leadership, communication, and ethics—themes that are designed to enhance your leadership capacity and improve your career prospects.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Foundation Courses

CJS 6020Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Policy3
CJS 6400Administration of Justice3
CJS 6405Criminological Theory for Criminal Justice Leaders3
CJS 6415Legal Decision Making and Leadership3
CJS 6470Criminal Justice Capstone (Recommended as the last course)3

Operations Courses

CJS 6425Research Methods3
CJS 6435Program Evaluations3
CJS 6440GIS, Evidence-Based Learning, and Policy3
CMN 6050Crisis Communication3

Concentration

Complete one of the following six concentrations:

Concentration in Community and Family Justice
COMMUNITY AND FAMILY JUSTICE COURSES
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
ELECTIVE
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6110Management of Service Industries Security Department3
CJS 6120Preventing Service Industries Losses3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
CJS 6140Security Role: Safety and Environment Protection3
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
INT 6943Integrative Experiential Learning3
Concentration in Corrections
CORRECTIONS COURSES
Complete five of the following:
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
ELECTIVE
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6110Management of Service Industries Security Department3
CJS 6120Preventing Service Industries Losses3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
CJS 6140Security Role: Safety and Environment Protection3
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
INT 6943Integrative Experiential Learning2
Concentration in Global Criminal Justice
GLOBAL CRIMINAL JUSTICE COURSES
Complete five of the following:
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
ELECTIVE
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6110Management of Service Industries Security Department3
CJS 6120Preventing Service Industries Losses3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
CJS 6140Security Role: Safety and Environment Protection3
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
INT 6943Integrative Experiential Learning2
Concentration in Leadership
LEADERSHIP COURSES
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
ELECTIVE
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6110Management of Service Industries Security Department3
CJS 6120Preventing Service Industries Losses3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
CJS 6140Security Role: Safety and Environment Protection3
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
INT 6943Integrative Experiential Learning2
Concentration in Policing
POLICING COURSES
Complete five of the following:
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
ELECTIVE
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6110Management of Service Industries Security Department3
CJS 6120Preventing Service Industries Losses3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
CJS 6140Security Role: Safety and Environment Protection3
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
INT 6943Integrative Experiential Learning2
Concentration in Security
SECURITY COURSES
Complete five of the following:
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
ELECTIVE
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:
CJS 6005Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management3
CJS 6010Advanced Principles of Security Management and Threat Assessment3
CJS 6025Genocide and War Crimes3
CJS 6030Organized Crime3
CJS 6035Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability3
CJS 6040Human Trafficking and Exploitation3
CJS 6045Policing Issues around the Globe3
CJS 6050Models of Intelligence-Led Policing3
CJS 6105Domestic and International Terrorism3
CJS 6110Management of Service Industries Security Department3
CJS 6120Preventing Service Industries Losses3
CJS 6125Issues in National Security3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
CJS 6140Security Role: Safety and Environment Protection3
CJS 6145Correctional Rehabilitation3
CJS 6205Law Enforcement Management and Planning3
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6305Criminal Behavior and the Family3
CJS 6315Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems3
CJS 6320Community Corrections3
CJS 6325Probation and Parole3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6420U.S. Policing in the Twenty-First Century3
GST 6300Security and Terrorism4
LDR 6110Leading Teams3-6
LDR 6120Organizational Leadership3-6
LDR 6125Managing Organizational Culture3
LDR 6140Strategic Leadership3-6
LDR 6360Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level3
INT 6943Integrative Experiential Learning2

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required