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 criminal justice specialization can help you learn to effectively manage large teams, departments, and bureaus across the criminal justice profession.

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. We also facilitate networking opportunities between you and employers, and we work with employers to actively help them recruit our students.

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)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You can take MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 instead of MGMT 630.
  • MGMT 630 or 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.
 

Fast Track Your Degree

Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree to Management Master's Degree with Criminal Justice Management Specialization

Save 6 credits.

If you graduated from UMUC with a Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree, you could be eligible to fast-track your Management: Criminal Justice Management.

Here's how it works:

  • CCJS 495 fulfills the graduate requirement for CJMS 600
  • CCJS 497 fulfills the graduate requirement for CJMS 620

To be eligible, you must have completed these courses before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses.

You must have completed these courses no more than four years before beginning your graduate studies. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Courses must have been taken at UMUC. Transfer credits are not accepted.

Awards & Recognition