Curriculum

Addressing the challenges facing 
the criminal justice system.

Addressing the challenges facing
the criminal justice system.

Criminology & Criminal Justice Curriculum

Our online Master of Arts (M.A.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a 36 credit-hour program. Courses are eight weeks in length, and this program can be completed in two years with scheduled breaks. The Criminology and Criminal Justice M.A. is offered in the following sequence of classes, including a final capstone (divided into two courses):

  • CRIM 500 (3) Criminological Theory
  • CRIM 507 (3) Research Methods
  • CRIM 514 (3) Concepts of Justice
  • CRIM 509 (3) Criminal Justice Processes and Institutions
  • CRIM 506 (3) Public Policy Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 515 (3) Community and Social Psychology
  • CRIM 501 (3) Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 508 (3) Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
  • CRIM 504 (3) Mental Health Intersections in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 516 (3) Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 512 (3) Capstone in Criminology / Criminal Justice Part 1
  • CRIM 513 (3) Capstone in Criminology / Criminal Justice Part 2

Capstone Paper

A capstone paper is the final product produced by a student in the master’s degree program. The paper is a significant work of scholarship. It demonstrates the student’s cumulative knowledge and offers an original contribution to the discipline. Using both a theoretical and practical framework, this project will allow the student to demonstrate mastery of a subject that may serve as a catalyst for future work and study. In line with the University’s mission, students will be expected to connect topics to social justice and socially responsible practice, ultimately resulting in proposals designed to improve justice. The substance of the paper is such that the creation of this project takes place in two parts.