The award-winning criminal justice management specialization in the master's degree in management can teach you advanced skills in administration, leadership, and collaboration to boost your career.

In the Master of Science in management program with a criminal justice specialization at University of Maryland University College, you'll obtain advanced knowledge of crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, and crisis management as well as strong skills in business management. This award-winning specialization can help you learn to effectively manage large teams, departments, and bureaus across the criminal justice profession.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2017–2018 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Management Master's Degree with Criminal Justice Management Specialization

The criminal justice management curriculum features case studies of real criminal justice management issues to help you build skills you can apply immediately in the workplace. 

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design criminal justice programs
  • Analyze threats and assess risks
  • Conduct vulnerability studies
  • Apply legal knowledge to criminal justice management
  • Lead and manage organizations
  • Communicate, report, and write professionally and effectively

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design a police department and corrections facility
  • Write a variety of reports at varying levels of detail
  • Address ethical situations in the workplace

Management Master's Degree with Criminal Justice Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 610 must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 and MGMT 650 should not be taken at the same time.
  • If you don't have recent statistics experience, take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.
  • If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.

Specialization Courses

  • CJMS 600
  • CJMS 610
  • CJMS 620
  • CJMS 630
  • CJMS 640
  • CJMS 650
  • CJMS 660

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • Specialization courses should be taken in the order listed.
  • CJMS 600 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • CJMS 660 must be taken after all specialization and core courses (except MGMT 670).

Capstone Course

  • MGMT 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 24 credits, including all core requirements, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
 

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help you apply broad management principles to work in areas such as crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, and crisis management across the criminal justice profession.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend a background in statistics, finance, and accounting. If you don't have recent statistics experience, we recommend you take UCSP 630. If you lack a background in finance or accounting, we recommend you take UCSP 620. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Awards & Recognition