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Kent State’s MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice focuses on key sectors such as global & homeland security, cyber intelligence, law enforcement, and victimology. The field encompasses approaches that are both theoretical and practical, as well as historical and contemporary. Course offerings reflect enduring security challenges and opportunities. It provides students with a more specific grasp of particular policy problems and strategies in law enforcement, global security and victims assistance.
Our MA prepares students for employment in professional positions in law enforcement agencies at state, federal or international level and for employment in the government (such as the U.S. departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy, intelligence agencies, Congressional Research Service, Congressional Budget Office, legislative staffs, and their foreign counterparts), as well as international organizations, consulting firms, public interest and advocacy organizations and nonprofit research institutes.
Kent State’s online Criminology and Criminal Justice program is designed for busy working professionals and students seeking graduate education, with the following features:
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The Global Security concentration focuses on issues related to global security, U.S. national security policy and strategy, as well as transnational issues and the concerns of other countries or regions. It provides students with a strong foundation to confront the ever-changing, fast-paced and challenging international security environment. With an emphasis on traditional and emerging transnational security threats, students are prepared for analytical, operational and leadership careers in global security in the public and private sectors. The goal is to produce a new generation of analysts, policymakers and scholars knowledgeable about the wide range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st century.
The purpose of the Policing concentration is three-fold:
The concentration in Victimology provides specialized knowledge about the scientific study of crime victims, their treatment within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, the legal rights of victims and victim assistance and restorative justice programs. This concentration will prepare students to develop and lead initiatives that help prevent victimization, to engage in victimological research and evaluation and to respond to victims in culturally appropriate ways.
The program is 30 credits in length, consisting of 10 three-credit courses
The degree is comprised of these components:
Study of correctional supervision and treatment, examining probation, parole, and community-based programs. Topics covered include the history and organization of, and best practices in, community corrections.
This course will address topics related to global security, including economic and industrial espionage, trade secret thefts, law & technology and cyber-crimes. Industrial espionage and intellectual property theft, particularly through computer and other electronic technologies, are of increasing importance and have serious implications for the global economy, national and international security, and the control and regulation of white collar crime. This course provides students with a comprehensive foundation for understanding Intelligence and Counterintelligence (IC) as concepts, processes, and careers.
This course will expose the students to the nexus between terrorism and homeland security as it relates to homeland security strategy, assessment, evaluation, preparation, responses, and recovery actions and mechanisms relating to terrorism and homeland security. There will be a focus on the importance of coordination of various assessments, plans, strategies and implementation of plans of action involving local, county, state, federal and international responses pertaining to terrorism and homeland security.
This course examines the origins and evolution of modern terrorism, challenges posed by terrorist groups to states and to the international system, and strategies employed to confront and combat terrorism. The course will assess a wide variety of terrorist organizations, and explore the psychological, socioeconomic, political, and religious causes of terrorist violence past and present. The course will also analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various counter-terrorism efforts.
In this class, vulnerabilities of computer networks and techniques for protecting networks and data are discussed. Basic elements of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, secure e-commerce, involving secure transmission, authentication, digital signatures, digital certificates and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) are presented. This course provides students with an introduction to the field of information security risk assessment. The course will incorporate cases in risk analysis derived from actual state and law enforcement agencies or private firms.
Analysis of police practices and functions at the municipal, state, and federal level. Examination of emerging trends and issues in policing. Review of changes in police department policies and research on problem-solving in policing.
An overview of the law as it pertains to human service agencies, as well as on the relationships between such agencies and the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Focused attention will be given to agencies that closely connect with vulnerable populations (such as children and the poor) and those that work closely with policing and corrections (such as mental health agencies and halfway houses).
An inquiry into the theories and research in restorative justice, as well as an assessment of victim assistance protocols and programs. Examine restorative justice and victim assistance initiatives that provide an alternative framework for dealing with crime that places victim needs in a primary position, while addressing legal concerns and interagency differences.
An analysis of the legal rights of victims of crime at state and federal levels as well as a review of how these laws relate to the treatment of victims within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, with particular focus on the courts and correctional institutions. Relevant legislative and Constitutional changes and challenges are also addressed.
Review of the origins, structure and functioning of law in relation to social context and process. Critical assessment of the use of law and legal institutions to address societal problems. Examination of the role that social inequality plays in crime and justice, nationally and internationally.
Study of the etiology of criminal and delinquent behavior, with an emphasis on major contemporary criminological theories. Includes critical analysis of relevant research and policy implications.
This course introduces students to theories of organization and administration and their application to the administration of justice institutions. The course is divided into two sections: (1) theories of administration and organization and (2) application of theories to management of police functions. Includes use of theories to diagnose and reform justice institutions.
Study of scientific methods used in criminal justice and criminology, with an emphasis on application of techniques used in the field. Focus on skills needed to analyze and complete basic and evaluative research in criminology and criminal justice.
This course introduces students to the analysis of U.S. criminal justice institutions. It examines methods of institutional analysis, theories of administration, and the application of these theories to the understanding of police, courts, and corrections.
Exploration of Victimology, the scientific study of the physical, emotional, and financial harm people suffer because of criminal activities. Examination of the impact of crime on victims, measuring crime through victimization, patterns of victim-offender relationships, and the role of the victim within the criminal and juvenile justice systems.
The fundamental question of this course is how to create the most effective police organization. This course examines the various theories and research on police service. Examines the nature of coercion in human interaction and the legitimate use of force by police. Study of the various philosophies and research on the Standard Model of policing, Community-Oriented Policing, and Problem-Oriented Policing. Reviews theories of police administration and the research corroborating or refuting the validity of those theories.
Capstone experience required of all MA students. An analysis of current issues in the legislative, policing, judicial and correctional components of the justice system. Students synthesize knowledge through the completion of an approved, written project that is analytical and research-based.
To participate in this online program, you will need a computer and broadband Internet connection. Your program may have further requirements that include the ability to record video and audio. If you have questions regarding technology requirements for the program, please contact your Admissions Advisor at email@example.com or call us toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.
Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.
Launch your career sooner than you expected to. In Kent State’s criminology and criminal justice program, juniors and seniors with qualifying GPAs can apply up to 12 credit hours of coursework toward the CCJ bachelor’s and master’s degrees. By earning double credits, you’ll earn your online MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice earlier than anticipated, save money on tuition and fees, and be prepared to dive into your career ahead of your classmates and ahead of schedule. For more information, please contact an Admissions Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.
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