LMU Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) Curriculum

The curriculum of the LMU Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program is designed to enhance a student’s academic qualifications in as few as sixteen (16) months. Required courses are offered on a consistent schedule through Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Elective courses are offered on a rotating basis with course preference given to student requests.

LMU MSCJ Program Tracks

Track 1: Administrative Track
30 Credit hours + Comprehensive Exam
The administrative track is designed for public service professionals with a specific interest in management, leadership and administration in the criminal justice system, as well as in public and private sector organizations. Course offerings include instruction on leadership roles, border patrol, homeland security, ethics, and issues in international crime.

Track 2: Applied Professional Track
30 Credit hours + Comprehensive Exam
The applied professional track allows students to concentrate on the application of their daily routine in the criminal justice field. Course offerings cover reversing criminalization, juvenile crime, the juvenile justice system, community corrections policy, offender reentry programs, roles of race, gender, and social class, and critical evaluation of criminal justice policy.

Track 3: Research Track
30 Credit hours + Comprehensive Exam
The research track is built for students with a specific interest in either pursuing their doctorate or pursuing a career in data analysis in the criminal justice field. Course offerings include instruction on quantitative and qualitative research, survey use, case studies, and emerging technologies.

Required Courses:

  • CRIM 505 Theories of Crime and Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 510 Crime and Public Policy Analysis
  • CRIM 511 Criminal Justice Research Methods

Elective Courses:

  • CRIM 506 Ethics and Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 512 Justice Administration and Leadership
  • CRIM 605 Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • CRIM 615 International Crime and Policy
  • CRIM 620 Victimology
  • CRIM 625 Juvenile Justice
  • CRIM 630 Community Corrections and Offender Reentry
  • CRIM 640 Race, Gender, Class, and Crime
  • CRIM 645 Rural Criminal Justice
  • CRIM 650 Qualitative Research Methods
  • CRIM 695 Special Topics Seminar
  • CRIM 696 Independent Study
  • CRIM 698 Internship

Previous offerings of CRIM 695 Special Topics Courses:

  • Decriminalization of Mental Illness
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Racial and Social Injustice
  • Homicide and Serial Killers
  • Restorative Justice
  • Cyber Crime