Criminology and Criminal Justice
The program is designed for students to not just succeed but to succeed with excellence and a deep understanding of the subject. Taking only two courses in a semester while working full-time, I was able to graduate with honors with a well-rounded perspective of the subject that I will carry with me in all my future career endeavors.
On average, those with master’s degrees make 18% more than those with bachelor’s degrees, and the estimated cost of Kent State’s master’s in criminal justice is under $23,000. If you want to serve your community while earning a good living, the criminal justice master’s program figures to be a great investment in your future.3
- Completed online application
- Complete bachelor’s degree, with a GPA of 2.75 or higher (on a 4.0 scale), from an accredited university
- Three letters of recommendation (preferably academic)
- Application fee: $45
- Official transcript(s)
- Goal statement
- The requirement for GRE scores has been temporarily waived
Our Admissions Outreach Advisors are available to answer your questions regarding admissions requirements for the program. If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com or call us toll-free at +1 330-672-8671.
I am a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Division of Graduate Studies
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242
Please be sure to include your full name and Kent State ID (9-digit number starting with 8) on all submitted documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions at +1 330-672-2661 or email@example.com.
I am not a U.S. citizen. Where should I send my application materials?
If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Office of Global Education
Kent State University
106 Van Campen Hall
625 Loop Rd.
Kent, OH 44242
The online master‘s in criminology and criminal justice is comprised of three major components:
- Six required courses, consisting of “breadth” classes and one course from the three concentration areas (21 credits)
- Three additional courses from your chosen concentration (9 credits)
- One required capstone project (3 credits)
The program is taught by a cadre of full-time, doctoral-level instructors who also have practical experience in diverse settings. Learn more about the faculty.
The goal of the MA degree is to enable you to write clear and concise analyses of issues, policies and research in the field that effectively communicate criminological knowledge and demonstrate a practical understanding of criminological theory.
We also prepare you to describe the roles of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and social class as they relate to crime and victimization; and use your knowledge to create public benefit by seeking connections between policies, crime and criminal behavior.
The online master’s in criminology and criminal justice curriculum is designed to impart:
- Mastery of the significant empirical findings in the major areas of criminology and criminal justice
- Appreciation for the use of the scientific method in the study of crime
- Practical understanding of research methods used in the field and statistics in social science research
- Basic skills in planning and conducting research projects, including evaluation research in particular
CRIM 56800 INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY
This course will address topics related to global security, including economic and industrial espionage, trade secret thefts, law and 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 Outreach Advisor at email@example.com or call us toll-free at +1 330-672-8671.
Once you are admitted to the program, your Admissions Outreach Advisor will craft your personalized degree plan, giving you a clear course sequence and path to graduation.
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 your Admissions Outreach Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free at +1 330-672-8671.
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