Master of Arts in Criminal Justice
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Program Director: Professor William Heffernan
Criminal justice is a rapidly expanding field of academic study central to the mission of the College. The aim of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program is to broaden the perspective of those already in the criminal justice profession and prepare students for further graduate work and scholarship. Its courses provide a general survey of the field, covering research methods, causes of crime and analyses of the police, courts and the correctional system. In addition, courses are offered in criminal law, crime mapping, cyber- crime, information security and technology, as well as drug abuse and terrorism.
The program is designed for:
- Those who wish to obtain a terminal master’s degree as a credential for entry into the criminal justice professions.
- Those employed in the criminal justice system, who wish to acquire job-related knowledge or broaden their perspectives.
- Those already employed in the criminal justice system who seek to teach at the community college-level or to obtain a post in some other area of the criminal justice system.
- Those interested in an academic career in higher education, who wish to obtain a master’s degree before entering a doctoral program.