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Master of Science in Criminal Justice: 48 credits
Foundation: 28 Credits
MCJ5001 Foundations in Criminal Justice, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ5003 Ethics and Moral Behavior in the Criminal Justice System, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ5100 Advanced Research Methods and Analysis I, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6001 Criminal Justice Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6003 Criminological Theory, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6004 Criminal Justice Planning & Innovation, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6405 Organizational Leadership, 4 Credit Hours
Program Elective (choose four): 16 Credits
MCJ6002 Juvenile Justice Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6401 Critical/Controversial Issues: Law Enforcement, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6404 Political Terrorism, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6410 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6505 Management of Critical Incidents, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6601 Resource and Agency Coordination, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6620 Special Topics in Homeland Security, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6701 Theory and Practice of Community Corrections and Re-entry Programs, 4 Credit Hours
MCJ6705 Theory and Practice of Institutional Corrections, 4 Credit Hours

The student will choose four courses (16 credits) from the remaining graduate level criminal justice curriculum listed below or from other graduate offerings with the guidance and approval of the Program Director in Criminal Justice or appropriate Program Chair and with the advice of the related Program Director if courses from other programs are desired. The student should plan to take at least 50% of this part of the degree program in criminal justice courses. Students may construct an area of emphasis with the guidance of the Program Director or Chair or pursue a more general set of elective course courses. Students may emphasize a traditional area of the field such as Corrections or Homeland Security, but elective choices may also reflect the particular professional goals and aspirations of the student. Thus, courses in areas such as Public Administration, Business, or Clinical Mental Health Counseling may be included as desired and approved and if the student completes the required prerequisites for such courses. Please note that Financial Aid may not cover prerequisite courses. Please see the Coursework Taken Outside a Student's Degree Program Policy found in the Academic Affairs section of this catalog.

Capstone: 4 Credits
MCJ6985 Applied Professional Project, 4 Credit Hours

Acceptance into a South University Criminal Justice program or its completion does not imply or guarantee that a student will be able to obtain employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, or related fields. The student should contact the national, state, or local agency/institution in which he or she intends to gain employment for specific requirements and the application process.

South University, Online Program offerings may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.
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