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 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:

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required


Community and Family Justice

Required Courses
CJS 6300Communities and Crime3
CJS 6330Youth Justice and Crime3
CJS 6340Substance Abuse and Addictions3
CJS 6135Intimate Partner Violence3
Elective
Complete 6 quarter hours from the following:6
Genocide and War Crimes
Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor
Dynamics of Change at the Community and Social Level
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Corrections 

Required Courses
Complete the following:12
Communities and Crime
Administration of the Adult and Juvenile Correction Systems
Probation and Parole
Substance Abuse and Addictions
Elective
Complete 6 quarter hours from the following:6
Youth Justice and Crime
Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Global Criminal Justice

Required Courses
Complete five of the following:15-16
Genocide and War Crimes
Organized Crime
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Human Trafficking and Exploitation
Policing Issues around the Globe
Domestic and International Terrorism
National Security—Law and Policy
Security and Terrorism
Elective
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:3
Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Leadership 

Required Courses
Complete the following:15
Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor
Developing Your Leadership Capability
Leading Teams
Developing Organizational Leadership
Innovation and Organizational Transformation
Complete one of the following:3
Ethical Leadership
Strategy Development and Implementation
Elective
Additional optional electives listed below:
Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Policing

Required Courses
Complete the following:9
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Policing Issues around the Globe
Communities and Crime
Elective
Complete 9 quarter hours from the following:9
Organized Crime
Human Trafficking and Exploitation
Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations

Security

Required Courses
Complete five of the following:15-16
Legal and Regulatory Issues for Security Management
Corruption, Integrity, and Accountability
Policing Issues around the Globe
Domestic and International Terrorism
National Security—Law and Policy
Security and Terrorism
Elective
Complete 3 quarter hours from the following:3
Human Trafficking and Exploitation
Organizational Crisis Management: The Human Factor
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations