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The nature of crime everywhere — in the U.S. and around the world — has changed dramatically over the past few decades. And with heightened concerns of 21st-century terrorism, and the challenges found in the world of cyberspace, the demand for criminal justice professionals continues to rise.

Webster's Master of Science in Criminal Justice prepares you for an exciting and meaningful career using a multidisciplinary approach to enhance technical and critical thinking skills and decision-making processes, while increasing analytical capabilities to help graduates explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization. Students will also learn how to analyze crime control methods, explain the interdependence of institutions in the criminal justice system and broader social, legal, and socioeconomic environments, and understand how diversity issues can affect the operation of criminal justice organizations.

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Customize your Criminal Justice degree to fit your needs. Select a graduate certificate or a dual-degree option: MA in National Security Studies/MS in Criminal Justice, offered at select U.S. locations.

Details of Webster's Criminal Justice degree program

36 Credit Hours

Required Courses

  • CRIM 5000 Ethics and Decision Making in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5100 Theories of Crime and Justice (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5480 Criminal Actions (3 hours)
  • CRIM 6000 Capstone (3 hours)

Electives

  • At least 18 elective hours from the lists below.
  • Up to 6 hours of any approved graduate-level elective courses.

Administration of Justice*

  • CRIM 5050 Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5060 Policing and Law Enforcement (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5070 Institutional and Community Corrections (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5450 American Constitutional Law (3 hours)

* Note: Students completing all four courses qualify to earn a graduate certificate in administration of justice, where the certificate is available. To gain the certificate, students must pay a second graduation fee.

Cybersecurity - Threat Detection

  • CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law & Policy (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3 hours)

International and Regional Security

  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 US Foreign Policy (3 hours)
    or INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5535 International Disaster Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5585 Food and Water Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5595 Energy Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5860 Issues in International Politics (with security focus) (3 hours)
  • INTL 5600 Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5655 African Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies* (3 hours)
  • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies* (3 hours)

Note: Students who complete INTL 5590 and three other courses listed in international and regional security qualify to earn a graduate certificate in international and regional security, where the certificate is available. To gain the certificate, students must pay a second graduation fee.

*No more than two area studies courses can count toward the certificate.

A student who holds an MA, MS or an equivalent graduate degree from Webster University or another regionally accredited college or university (or its international equivalent) may earn a sequential MS in criminal justice from Webster University. Transfer credit may not be applied toward the sequential MS.

The student must take a minimum of 27 credit hours to earn the sequential MS in criminal justice. This includes the 12-hour degree core, as well as 15 elective hours. The elective hours may come from the Administration of Justice, Fraud Investigation, Cybersecurity: Threat Detection, or International and Regional Security areas.

This program is only available at select U.S. campuses.

48 Credit Hours

Upon completion of the 48 credits, two separate diplomas are issued at the same time. The two degrees cannot be awarded separately or sequentially under this arrangement.

Required Courses

  • CRIM 5000 Ethics and Decision Making in Criminal Justice (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5100 Theories of Crime and Justice (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5480 Criminal Actions (3 hours)
  • NTSC 5000 Introduction to National Security Studies (3 hours)
  • NTSC 5100 Research Methods in National Security Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • CRIM 6000 Capstone (3 hours)
    or NTSC 6000 Capstone in National Security Studies (3 hours)
    or NTSC 6250 Thesis in National Security Studies* (6 hours) and INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirement* (0 hours)

*Students taking NTSC 6250 Thesis in National Security Studies (6 hours) must also register for INTL 6900 University Thesis Requirement (0 hours). INTL 6900 acknowledges successful completion of all thesis requirements including conforming to university and departmental guidelines, as well as depositing the thesis in the University library. The 6 credit hours for NTSC 6250 are drawn from the 3 credit hours reserved for the NTSC 6000 capstone and 3 elective credit hours in the program.

Electives

  • CRIM 5050 Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5060 Policing and Law Enforcement (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5070 Institutional and Community Corrections (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5450 American Constitutional Law (3 hours)
  • 4 courses from the International and Regional Security Track in the MA in National Security Studies
    • INTL 5400 International Political Economy (3 hours)
    • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
    • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
    • INTL 5560 US Foreign Policy (3 hours)
      or INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
    • INTL 5585 Food and Water Security (3 hours)
    • INTL 5595 Energy Security (3 hours)
    • INTL 5600 Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5625 Middle East Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5635 Western European Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5645 Asian Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5655 African Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5665 South and Central Asia Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5675 Central and Eastern European Area Studies (3 hours)
    • INTL 5685 Latin American Area Studies (3 hours)
    • NTSC 5200 National Security Policy Development (3 hours)
    • NTSC 5300 National Security Decision-Making (3 hours)
    • NTSC 5860 Issues in National Security Studies (3 hours)
    • NTSC 6500 Internship (3-6 hours)
  • 1 additional course drawn from electives in either the MA in National Security Studies or the MS in Criminal Justice

The 12-credit hour graduate certificate in the administration of justice allows students to develop advanced knowledge of crime control systems and cultivate technical, critical thinking and analytical skills. The program emphasizes organizational and leadership structures within the criminal justice system.

Requirements

The 12 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in administration of justice are the following four courses:

  • CRIM 5050 Organization and Administration of Criminal Justice (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5060 Policing and Law Enforcement (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5070 Institutional and Community Corrections (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5450 American Constitutional Law* (3 hours)

*Students completing the certificate are exempt from the requirement to complete the prerequisite for LEGL 5450.

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