Master of Criminal Justice, Strategic Management Concentration

The Master of Criminal Justice concentration in Strategic Management offers an interdisciplinary curriculum designed to provide the skills needed to face contemporary criminal justice challenges and lead reforms—not only domestically, but internationally.

Effective leadership in the increasingly complex field of criminal justice requires a strong footing in ethics, business, and analysis, as well as the ability to keep pace with issues that include the realities of terrorism, the emergence of cybercrime, questions of police legitimacy, and stagnant correctional outcomes in terms of recidivism among offenders. The Strategic Management concentration develops valuable skills that enhance the ability to analyze diverse problems and develop sound, sustainable policies that are guided by logic and planning—making it the ideal credential for experienced, mid-career criminal justice professionals who seeks to advance to the ranks into policy-making, upper management, or executive-level positions in their agencies.

Students who complete the Criminal Justice master’s degree concentration in Strategic Management will be able to demonstrate:

  • Familiarity with organizational structures of the criminal justice system, and the classical and contemporary theories of organization, planning, and change.
  • The ability to practice criminal justice planning activities such as crime, systems, and legislative analysis.
  • The ability to implement quantitative and qualitative practices that enhance organizational decision-making, evaluation, and accountability.
  • An understanding of the nature of public emergency management and preparedness across public and private jurisdictions.

A total of 40 credits is required, distributed as follows:

Core Requirements

(Six courses/24 credits)

This course explores potential answers to complex and important questions about criminal behavior by drawing on the social science of criminology. Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of the development of law, criminal phenomena and societal responses to crime. The primary emphasis of this course will be discussing and evaluating major explanations or theories of crime. Because criminology is interdisciplinary, we will examine theories that are ground in a range of academic perspectives, including sociological, biological, political, psychological and economic explanations for crime. Course lectures and discussions focus on the historical development of the theories, their major assumptions and propositions, their relevance for public policy and practice. As we progress through each explanation for crime, we critically evaluate the validity of different explanations for crime as well as criminal justice policies and practices that they support.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Cronin ARR

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the discipline of victimology, an emerging area of specialization in the field of criminology. Emphasis will focus on crime victims and their plight, the relationships between crime victims and other social groups and institutions, such as the media, business, politicians, special interest groups, and social movements. The issues of Justice and Redress from the perspective of the victim as well as general society will be stressed. An overview of victim prevention programs and victim assistance programs will be presented. Topics such as the Restorative Justice Model, Victim Repayment, and Victim/Offender Mediation will be included in the course content. While the course follows an interdisciplinary approach and is designed for general interest and appeal, it has particular relevance for students drawn from disciplinary interests in the fields of criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education, health care administration, and political science.  [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SO1 IND LeClair ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND LeClair COM 213 R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND LeClair ARR

The purpose of this course is to examine the nature and extent of corporate and white-collar crime, including detection, deterrence, and criminal liability sanctions, as well as, the social and legal changes related to corporate illegality. Students will use case materials which address securities fraud, money "laundering", professional deviance, and political corruption, in addition to other topics. Students will also analyze policy responses including RICO and other laws, regulations and court processing.   [ 4 cr. ]

This course introduces students to the use of quantitative data in analyzing the criminal justice system. It serves as an introduction to the statistical methods used in applied social science research and furthers students' understanding of the role statistical analysis plays in planning and policy development.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Cronin SHA 111 M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Cadigan ARR

This course introduces students to the practice, theory, and philosophy of social science research, with a special focus on criminal justice. It not only broadens students' knowledge of the ethical issues associated with research, but also introduces them to a variety of research techniques such as surveys, field research, and experimental designs. Research Methods will lay the foundation for students to become informed "consumers" of research, as well as "producers" of it.  [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SO1 IND Gustafson ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Choi ARR

The challenge of administering, managing, and leading today's criminal justice organizations is becoming increasingly complicated due to many factors, ranging from terrorism and cyber crime to politicization and privatization. This course provides students with not only a conceptual and theoretical basis on which to manage these complex entities, but also practical approaches to organizational effectiveness, integrity, and innovation.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Mastrorilli CAS 214 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Concentration Requirements

(Four courses/16 credits)

In addition to the Master of Criminal Justice core requirements, students pursuing a concentration in Strategic Management must also satisfy the following requirements:

This course examines emergency management from national, state, local, and family perspectives of prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery. The course encompasses knowledge of the specific agencies, organizations, and individual behaviors in emergency management as well as the interlinking partnerships between/among these groups. Areas of discussion include: responsibilities at federal, state, community and individual levels; guidelines and procedures for operations and compliance such as the National response Plan; Incident Command Systems (ICS); exercises; plan development, command, and control; communication; partnership development and maintenance; leadership; and numerous other elements related to effective emergency management. The unique and critical roles of private and public partnerships are reviewed and particular attention is paid to the interplay and interdependency among national, state, community, business (public and private), and the individual. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Jennings ARR

Explores decision making and policy formulation in organizations. Includes goal setting and the planning process, rational models of decision making, evaluation of alternatives, prediction of outcomes, cost-benefit analysis, decision trees, uncertainty and risk assessment, and procedures for evaluation of outcomes.   [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
BNR IND Cleary S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Zlatev FLR 134 T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
E1 IND Zlatev EPC 209 T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
O1 IND Zlatev ARR
BHA IND Cleary U 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

This course will introduce you to the concepts of criminal justice policy and planning. You will be introduced to two major theories of planning and apply them to criminal justice settings. Additionally, you will learn the techniques for analyzing problems, developing programs and policies resulting from problem analysis, along with program and policy monitoring and evaluation.  [ 4 cr. ]

Sum1 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
SO1 IND Mastrorilli ARR
Fall 2017
Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
O1 IND Mastrorilli ARR

The challenge of administering, managing, and leading today's criminal justice organizations is becoming increasingly complicated due to many factors, ranging from terrorism and cyber crime to politicization and privatization. This course provides students with not only a conceptual and theoretical basis on which to manage these complex entities, but also practical approaches to organizational effectiveness, integrity, and innovation.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Mastrorilli CAS 214 W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Degree requirements for the online Master of Criminal Justice concentration in Strategic Management can be viewed here.

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