Master of Science in Management: Criminal Justice Management

Criminal Justice Management Specialization

Crime is a major concern today, and government agencies and businesses in the private sector are working hard to find effective responses. The field of criminal justice has expanded far beyond the traditional roles of the police, courts and corrections. Employers are actively seeking personnel trained in crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, crisis management and more. Individuals who not only have an understanding of the entire criminal justice system but also possess skills in leadership, management and cross-agency collaboration will have a distinctive edge.

Career Path

The MSM program prepares graduates for a number of entry-, mid-, and high- level positions, as determined by a student's work experience.

Depending on a student's background and an employer's criteria, graduates of the Criminal Justice Management specialization may qualify for these positions:

  • Police administrator
  • Correctional administrator
  • Security manager
  • Intelligence analyst supervisor
  • Federal, state, or local government manager
  • Court/legal-related practitioner or administrator
  • Juvenile corrections manager
  • Parole and probation supervisor
  • Private corrections administrator
  • Border patrol supervisor



Students who have not taken a finance course recently are strongly encouraged to take UCSP 620 prior to taking MGMT 640.

Students who have not had any recent statistics use should take UCSP 630 prior to taking MGMT 650.

Students who wish to improve their graduate writing skills may take UCSP 605 Effective Graduate Writing (0).

Required Core Courses

UCSP 615* Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0), to be taken within the first 6 credits of study.

  • MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior (6)
  • MGMT 640 Financial Decision Making for Managers (3)
  • MGMT 650 Statistics for Managerial Decision Making (3)

Note: As an alternative to MGMT 630, you may take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615.

Capstone Course

MGMT 670 Strategic Management Capstone (3)

Clustered Course Option

MGMT 630 Organizational Theory and Behavior in a Global Environment (6) is a six-credit course. Students who receive credit for MGMT 630 may not receive credit for MGMT 610 or MGMT 615.

Core Rules

  1. MGMT 630  (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits of the MS in Management program.
  2. Students must complete 24 credits, including other core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
  3. MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be completed simultaneously.

Criminal Justice Management Required Specialization Courses

  • CJMS 600 Critical Analysis of the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJMS 610 Perspectives in Law Enforcement Management (3)
  • CJMS 620 Issues in Correctional Administration (3)
  • CJMS 630 Seminar in Security Management (3)
  • CJMS 640 Criminal Justice Intelligence Systems and Approaches (3)
  • CJMS 650 Legal Aspects within the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • CJMS 660 Issues in Criminal Justice Leadership (3)

Specialization Rules

  1. Courses should be taken in the order listed.
  2. CJMS 600 and CJMS 610 must be taken as the first two specialization courses.
  3. CJMS 660 must be taken after all other core and specialization courses (except for MGMT 670).

* The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

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