Criminology and Criminal Justice - M.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Sociology
215 Merrill Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2562
www.kent.edu/sociology


Description

The Master of Arts degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice is a fully online program that is designed to challenge experienced and aspiring professionals who want to expand their scope of knowledge and move into career and leadership positions. The program prepares graduates as a next-generation leader in this complex, global and interconnected field.

The Criminology and Criminal Justice major comprises the following concentrations:

  • The Corrections concentration is designed for those pursuing career advancement and expanded knowledge in the areas of probation, parole and institutional corrections or treatment. The program provides a strong foundation in correctional theory and practice pertinent to both institutional and community settings, including an awareness of contemporary challenges and emerging trends in the field.
  • 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 Policing concentration examines the historical ideas of police service and the lessons that can be learned from those ideas. Students learn about the research that has challenged traditional ideas and the implications of that research for revision. The program provides students the tools to analyze the implications of contemporary research to guide new innovations in policies, management, strategies and tactics of police service delivery.
  • The Victimology concentration 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.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Online

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcript(s)
  • Minimum undergraduate 3.0 GPA
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (preferably academic)

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 587 TOEFL score (94 on the Internet-based version), minimum 82 MELAB score, minimum 7.0 IELTS score or minimum 65 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admissions, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a practical understanding of criminological theory by using it to better understand crime and criminal behavior, pose and attempt to answer research questions and see its connection to crime policy.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of the significant empirical findings in the major areas of criminology and criminal justice.
  3. Demonstrate an appreciation for the use of the scientific method in the study of crime, a practical understanding of research methods used in the field and a practical understanding of statistics in social science research.
  4. Develop basic skills in planning and conducting research projects, including evaluation research in particular.
  5. Describe the role of race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and social class as they relate to crime and victimization.
  6. Effectively communicate criminological knowledge and write a clear and concise analysis of issues, policies and research in the field.

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
CRIM 56705COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS 13
or CRIM 66766 INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS
CRIM 56800INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY 3
CRIM 66761LAW, JUSTICE AND SOCIETY 3
CRIM 66762PROSEMINAR IN ISSUES IN CONTEMPORARY JUSTICE 3
CRIM 66763THEORIES OF CRIME AND DELINQUENCY 3
CRIM 66768RESEARCH METHODS IN CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CRIM 66770JUSTICE INSTITUTIONS 3
CRIM 66772VICTIMOLOGY 3
Concentrations
Choose from the following:9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:33
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Students who declare the Corrections concentration must take both CRIM 56705 and CRIM 66766.

 

Corrections Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-CRJU-CORR]

Concentration Requirements
CRIM 56708TREATMENT METHODS 3
CRIM 56709EMERGING TRENDS AND ISSUES IN CORRECTIONS 3
CRIM 66766INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Global Security Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-CRJU-GLSE]

Concentration Requirements
CRIM 56801HOMELAND SECURITY 3
CRIM 56802TERRORISM AND COUNTERTERRORISM 3
CRIM 56803INFORMATION AND CYBER SECURITY 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Policing Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-CRJU-POLG]

Concentration Requirements
CRIM 56904ISSUES IN POLICE WORK 3
CRIM 66767JUSTICE ADMINISTRATION 3
CRIM 66773CONTEMPORARY POLICING 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Victimology Concentration Requirements

[AS-MA-CRJU-VICT]

Concentration Requirements
CRIM 57002HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES AND THE LAW 3
CRIM 57003RESTORATIVE JUSTICE AND VICTIM ASSISTANCE 3
CRIM 57004LEGAL PERSPECTIVES AND RIGHTS IN VICTIMIZATION 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9