MS in Criminal Justice: Violence Prevention and Advocacy


Master of Science in Criminal Justice

At the local and especially the domestic level, violence has far-reaching effects that pertain to law and order, healthcare, and the family. Prevention, bringing perpetrators to justice, and caring for and protecting victims requires a wide range of skills relevant to the fields of public health and policy, human services, law, higher education, and community nonprofits. The Violence Prevention and Advocacy concentration will equip you to make a meaningful and personal impact.

The 36 credits of coursework includes:

  • 21 credits of the core M.S. in Criminal Justice curriculum
  • 9 credits of Violence Prevention and Advocacy courses – Theories of Violence and Aggression, Interpersonal and Relationship Violence, and Violence Prevention, Advocacy and Social Change
  • 6 credits of electives in relevant subject areas


Core Curriculum
CJ701 The Criminal Justice System & Process 3
CJ702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice 3
CJ703 Advanced Criminological Thought 3
CJ704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy 3
CJ705 Criminal Justice Leadership & Management 3
CJ709 Research Methods & Statistical Analysis 3
CJ799 Internship or Research Capstone 3
Concentation Courses
CJ740 Theories of Violence & Aggression 3
CJ741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence 3
CJ742 Violence Prevention, Advocacy, and Social Change 3

Choose two electives:

  • CJ750         Global Criminal Justice Systems (3 credits)
  • CJ751         Victimology (3 credits)
  • CJ752         Class, Race, Ethnic and Gender Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • COM709     Strategies for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (3 credits) 

Students in the M.S. in Criminal Justice must choose two electives to complete their degree requirements.  Electives can be drawn from:

  • Any courses offered within the Criminal Justice degree program outside of core and your specific concentration requirements
  • Specific courses from graduate offerings in Management and Communication approved by the Chair of Justice Studies  

Course Schedule

<strong>Course Schedule</strong>

Summer Session I, 5/17-7/5
Summer Session II, 7/6-8/24
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
CJ 702 Critical Legal Issues in Crim Justice Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
CJ 730 Terrorism & Homeland Security Online Summer I 5/17-7/5
CJ 704 Ethical Theory & Criminal Justice Policy Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
CJ 720 Crisis & Emergency Management Online Summer II 7/6-8/24
Fall Session I, 9/6-10/25
Fall Session II, 10/26-12/14
Course NumberNameFormatDay/TimeSession Dates
CJ 701 The Criminal Justice System & Process Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
CJ 721 Risk Managment & Planning Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
CJ 741 Interpersonal & Relationship Violence Online Fall I 9/6-10/25
CJ 703 Advanced Criminological Thought Online Fall II 10/26-12/14
CJ 731 Transnational Crime Online Fall II 10/26-12/14