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Criminology and Criminal JusticeCourse Descriptions

Designed for busy professionals and prospective graduate students

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:

  • The program is 30 credits in length, consisting of 10 three-credit courses
  • Each course is seven weeks in length, with two courses taken sequentially each semester. This allows you to focus on one course at a time while still completing your program in two years
  • To keep class sizes small and maximize collaboration, multiple sections of each course are offered

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Global Security Concentration

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.

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Policing Concentration

The purpose of the Policing concentration is three-fold:

  1. To examine the historical ideas of police service and the lessons that can be learned from those ideas
  2. To learn about the research that has challenged traditional ideas and the implications of that research for revision
  3. To analyze the implications of contemporary research to guide new innovations in policies, management, strategies and tactics of police service delivery

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Victimology Concentration

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.

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Course Descriptions

The program is 30 credits in length, consisting of 10 three-credit courses

The degree is comprised of these components:

  • Six required courses, consisting of “breadth” classes and one course from each of the three concentration areas (18 credits)
  • Three additional courses from your chosen concentration (9 credits)
  • One required capstone project (3 credits)

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CRIM 56705 Community Corrections

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.

CRIM 56800 Intelligence & National Security

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.

CRIM 56801 Homeland Security

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.

CRIM 56802 Terrorism and Counter-terrorism

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.

CRIM 56803 Information and Cyber Security

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.

CRIM 56904 Issues in Police Work

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.

CRIM 57002 Human Service Agencies and the Law

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).

CRIM 57003 Restorative Justice and Victim Assistance

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.

CRIM 57004 Legal Perspectives and Rights in Victimization

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.

CRIM 66761 Law, Justice, and Society

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.

CRIM 66763 Theories of Crime and Delinquency

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.

CRIM 66767 Justice Administration

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.

CRIM 66768 Research Methods in Criminology and Criminal Justice

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.

CRIM 66770 Justice Institutions

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.

CRIM 66772 Victimology

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.

CRIM 66773 Contemporary Policing

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.

CRIM 66875 Proseminar Capstone: Issues in Contemporary Justice

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.

Course Requirements

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 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.

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Exclusive Opportunity for KSU Undergraduates: The Accelerated MA in CCJ Degree Option

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 or toll-free at +1 844-234-4073.

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