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Master of Arts in Criminal Justice-Capstone Option




Program Description

This program focuses on developing the professional skills necessary for students to assume leadership positions within the criminal justice field. The degree program’s interdisciplinary approach provides students with academically rigorous and empirically-oriented methodologies and builds on the multidisciplinary strength and practical experience of the faculty. Students are provided with a comprehensive understanding of crime and the justice system, administration, and public policy. The curriculum also provides the background and educational experience necessary for those who may wish to later pursue doctoral work in criminal justice or related fields.

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Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning outcomes objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. Graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Distinguish between the major systems of Criminal Justice and how the functions of police, prosecution, courts, and corrections interface.
  • Analyze biological and psychological theories and philosophies of criminal behavior as they influence modern developments in punishment, sentencing, and corrections.
  • Evaluate definitions, objectives, and issues of new or emergent criminal threats such as terrorism and how they compare and contrast with traditional criminal behavior theories.
  • Assess the rule of law and changes to it as it pertains to direct and indirect influence and impact on social reactions to crime, corrections, and victims of crime.
  • Critically examine landmark criminal justice cases from the Supreme Court down to local levels, and determine their cultural, social, and economic impact.
  • Apply the concepts of professional and ethical behavior within the criminal justice system.

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The criminal justice degree program provides graduates with an in depth understanding of areas such as juvenile issues, causes of crime and criminal behavior, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures/techniques, and forensics. Some professions pursued by graduates may include police officer, sheriff, deputy, ATF agent, compliance officer, corrections officer, court clerk, crime scene investigator, criminologist, customs agent, DEA agent, FBI agent, CIA agent, forensics, private investigator, security, probation officer, secret service, U.S. marshals, as well as many other occupations.

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Useful Skills within the Criminal Justice Field

Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.

Negotiating -
Bringing people together to discuss and resolve differences.

Reasoning -
Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

Social Perceptiveness -
Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way that they do.

Speaking -
Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in group settings to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.

Teaching -
Teaching others how to do something.

Persuasion -
Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.

Decision Making -
Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.

Helping -
Actively looking for ways to help people.


Career Options

To identify what education or training is typical, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you chose may require additional education or experience.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary
Fish and Game Wardens
Immigration and Customs Inspectors
Judicial Law Clerks
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Parking Enforcement Workers
Police Detectives
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
Police Patrol Officers

Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Chief Executives
Court Clerks
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents
Environmental Compliance Inspectors
Fire Inspectors
Paralegals and Legal Assistants
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs
Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

Career Spotlight: Probation Officer

The U.S. Department of Labor defines a Probation Officer as “someone who works with and monitors offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.” 

Types of Probation Officers: 

Adult probation officers
Juvenile probation officers
Parole officers
Correctional treatment specialists 

Education and Other Requirements

While each state, county, or agency has different requirements, most require a bachelor’s degree, a minimum age requirement of 21, and the ability to pass various background and drug testing. 


Training for probation officers varies by agency, and is typically sponsored by the local, state, or federal government; many require candidates to pass a certification test. 

For more information on becoming a probation officer, check with your local and state correctional facilities.

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships organized by interest or by federal program. 

There are government-organized internship programs which provide students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain real-life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best ways to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search, or to look at the agencies’ career portals. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key. 

The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students as well as training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans; due to their military service obligation, they will have up to six years to apply). The internship program for current students replaces the replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract outstanding federal service members from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience and, in some cases, full-time employment to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of which makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in criminal justice. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.

Federal Agency Examples
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Federal Marshals
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
National Parks Service
Postal Service
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

County Sheriff's Departments
Crime Labs
Law Offices
Local and State Police Departments
NYPD Employment Opportunities
State and Local Courts
Systems Application & Technologies, Inc. (SA-TECH)

While many of the major job search engines will have several positions to choose from, the list below are specific to the criminal justice field.

Search Engines:
cjcentral: Prentice Hall's Careers in Criminal Justice
Police Employment
Security Jobs Network


Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations
Conferences and Expositions
Get Connected: Social Media and Publications

Criminal Justice Program – Facebook, LinkedIn
Public Safety Program – LinkedIn
Security & Intelligence – Twitter
In Public Safety – AMU sponsored blog

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General Total Credits - 36 Hours
Core Requirements
18 Hours
Criminal Justice Ethics
3 hours

This course is an examination of issues of professional and ethical behavior within the criminal justice system. Key issues examined include professional behavior of the individual and the agency. Current topics such as law enforcement ethics, research ethics, and are examined.

3 hours

This course will examine the various theories and their application to criminal justice. Additionally this course will examine the implications of criminal acts in relation to behavior, discipline and causation. Analysis of criminal and non-criminal behavior is also addressed regarding certain causes, controls, and legal aspects of criminal behavior. Crime is analyzed from an interdisciplinary study of social problems and social responsibility perspectives.

Research Methods in Criminal Justice & Security
3 hours

This course focuses on research methodology and design for both criminology and security studies. There will be an emphasis on methodology, measurements of validity and reliability, research ethics, and research writing. The successful student will be able to gather and develop criminal justice/security research material into analytic data that can be applied in the development of a research project. Students will develop the skills for applying the appropriate methods of assessing research and applying that knowledge within the research and career environments. This course must be taken as one of the student’s first three courses.

Police Administration
3 hours

The student will evaluate policies and procedures that are utilized in all phases of police administration. These include judicial decisions, which impact the legal status of the operation of police agencies. Additionally, administrative issues inherent in both large and small police organizations are assessed including: the history and context of police administration, police organizational tasks, leadership in the police organization, the role of the police manager, and the role of citizen oversight. Oversight committees addressing police accountability for community enforcement services are analyzed.

Criminal Law
3 hours

This course is an advanced theory and practice of criminal law in the United States. The history, scope, and nature of criminal law will be discussed. This course will analyze the general nature of crime, constitutional limits on crime, and general principals of criminal liability. Topics include: legal language and machinery, parties to crime, classification of offenses, act and intent, capacity to commit crime, and various defenses. Primary emphasis will be the common law and modern statutory criminal codes. Students are provided knowledge of the building blocks of criminal law to include elements of crimes and defenses to criminal charges. The role of the police, criminal courts, and attorneys in the administration of the criminal justice system will be discussed in detail. The course will teach the student how to analyze and brief criminal cases and identify and discuss criminal issues. An overview of the criminal process and rules of evidence will be provided. This course focuses on the fundamental principles, concepts, and development of criminal law and the constitutional provisions which govern it. The course further discusses the relationship of the individual to the state and includes an examination of the general framework of criminal law as a means of social control.

Criminal Justice Process
3 hours

This course addresses the specific constitutional rights, including the fourth, fifth and sixth amendments as those that have a direct impact on the defendant and prosecution in the judicial process. The course will review issues of the pre-arrest stage to post conviction remedies, as well as the procedural laws in the criminal justice process and their limits. The parameters of these limits will be analyzed by studying various court decisions.

Concentration Requirements
15 Hours
Forensic Accounting
3 hours

This course is a study of forensic accounting with an emphasis on using accounting techniques in white collar criminal investigations. The course exposes students to criminology topics such as skimming, cash larceny, check tampering, billing schemes, payroll and expense reimbursement irregularities, non-cash misappropriations, corruption, and interviewing witnesses. The course advances student knowledge of auditing, financial statement analysis, and research techniques in the context of fraud. This course requires the student to purchase additional materials. Please refer to the Course Materials section for additional details on materials and pricing or contact Prerequisite: ACCT610

Pre Reqs: Advanced Accounting(ACCT610)

Managerial Analysis
3 hours

This course introduces fundamental concepts of accounting principles, financial tools, and economic analysis for effective managerial decision-making. Topics include the role of the financial manager in the organization, concepts, and principles underlying financial accounting practices, financial statement analysis, budgeting, and economic analysis for decision makers.

Quantitative Analysis
3 hours

This course explores management problems and the role of decision-making models and tools in resolving business problems. The application and use of information systems in decision-making is assessed. Students apply system and quantitative analysis to an integrated case study.

Strategic Management
3 hours

This course is a culmination of the business functions to incorporate them into a coherent, profitable, sustainable business strategy. This course includes strategy information, decisions, and techniques of industry leaders. Prerequisites: BUSN603

Pre Reqs: Quantitative Analysis(BUSN603)

Applied Decision Making
3 hours

This is a course in business analysis. This course investigates the advanced analysis methods and techniques used to solve modern business problems. The course emphasizes the most successful methods from business statistics, production and operations management, management science, and operations research fields of study. Students will be required to synthesize material from several major fields of study in order to apply it in this course. The capabilities of Microsoft Office will be used extensively throughout the course to illustrate the application of these methods and techniques to the analysis and solution of modern business problems. The course will first investigate the types of problems faced by businesses in the both the production and service areas. Methods of analysis will be investigated to solve these type problems including probability concepts and their applications, statistical quality control, process design, forecasting, inventory control, waiting line models, transportation and assignment methods, decision analysis, and simulation modeling.

Drugs, Justice, and Society
3 hours

This course will examine the role of alcohol and drug policies and its impact on the criminal justice system. The course will focus on the pharmacology of popular drugs or abuse and the treatment options associated with them. Additionally this course will examine the history of drug and alcohol prohibition and its effects on current policy. In addition, this course will focus on federal, state, and local agencies efforts on addressing the drug problem while examining the impact of such policies on the United States.

International Crime
3 hours

This course provides students with an overview of the various aspects of international crime and control measures. The main focus of this course will be on policing, corrections and the courts and their methodology for address crime. Comparisons with U.S. methodology will be made throughout the course to lend a greater perspective for the comparative criminology course.

Sexual Exploitation/Children
3 hours

This course will examine the social and legal problems involved with the sexual exploitation of children. Major issues that will be examined in this course will be child pornography, prostitution, sex trafficking, pedophilia, and international child abuse issues. This course will also explore options utilized for enforcement of the current laws designed to protect children from these crimes.

Deviant Behavior
3 hours

This course examines deviant behavior and the common definitions associated with it. The course further identifies what social deviance is and what is considered to be deviant in today’s society. The sociological and psychological issues are also reviewed as they pertain to the methods of sentencing and the criminal justice system's approach to deviance. In addition, the theories associated with deviance are also explored.

3 hours

Students will explore the role of forensic science in the investigation of crime by introducing the non-scientific student to the field. The course will examine the different forensic science disciplines to include pattern evidence, fingerprints, body fluids, firearms, arson, and drug analysis. Scientific methodology as it applies to each forensic discipline will be discussed as well as technological advances making an impact in the field of forensics. The course will include development of case scenarios in order for students to apply critical thinking skills to learning concepts.

Gangs and Gang Prevention
3 hours

Gangs continue to plague the criminal justice system. Since the 1980s street gangs has increased in number and are no longer an inner city problem. Today youth gangs can be found in the suburbs, rural America and even in the military. In order to address this problem criminal justice and human service professionals will need to understand the complexities of today’s gang problem. This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of what a street gang is. This course will provide an overview of the historical and contemporary street gang including defining what a street gang is. A particular focus in this class will be made on the inner workings of a street gang as well. Additionally this course will examine how effective past and current methods of addressing and combating a street gang are.

Organized Crime
3 hours

This course examines the historical roots of organized crime and its current role within the American criminal justice system. Structural models are compared for understanding emerging groups. Special attention is paid to dependencies and cooperation among ethnic groups as well. Additionally, there will be a review of the activities associated with organized strategic aspects (i.e. profit-oriented ventures such as extortion, credit card fraud, counterfeiting, prostitution, drug trafficking, smuggling) and tactical issues (i.e. activities that support the criminal organization such as money laundering, violence, corruption, and recruitment).

Negotiations: Crisis and Hostage
3 hours

An examination of how to effectively manage critical incidents and hostage situations in law enforcement and corrections. Combining principles and applications from criminal justice, psychology, sociology, communications, business and other disciplines, this course presents an effective conceptual framework students can apply in high-pressure situations.

Drug Cartels and the Narcotics Threat
3 hours

This course covers the development of the drug cartels and their organization, production, and distribution networks. This course will focus on the regions known as the Golden Triangle and Golden Crescent, and the drugs that are typically manufactured and transported from these areas. This course also provides an overview of U.S. counter-drug efforts and basic information on illicit drugs. Additionally this course provides an historical overview of drug trafficking including a focus on the opium wars in China.

Crime and Mental Disorders
3 hours

In the last 30 years the link between criminal behavior and mental disorders has become more evident. Because of the apparent link between mental health disorders and criminal behavior there has been an increasing need to understand how mental health diagnoses influences behavior. This class will analyze mental disorders such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, brain damage and mental retardation and their role in criminal behavior. This graduate level class will focus on rehabilitation methods and its effectiveness for addressing the problem of mental health in the criminal justice system.

Criminal Profiling
3 hours

This course will examine in detail crimes such as murder, serial killing, rape, and related crimes of violence from a socio-psychological profiling perspective. Topics covered will include the foundations of criminal profiling, the elements and goals of criminal profiling, multidisciplinary theory, victimology, geographic profiling, the scientific method as applied to behavioral theories, and ethical considerations. Modus Operandi and signature behaviors will be analyzed and inductive and deductive profiling methods will be assessed.

3 hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of victims and the relationship that these victims have with their offenders through the criminal justice system. This course addresses how victims are treated within the criminal system and how they are served and assisted through the system. Additionally this class examines theories of victimization, types of victimization, and the consequences of victimization.

Seminar on Juvenile Justice and Behavior
3 hours

In today’s criminal justice system, there is an ever increasing need to understand the nature of juvenile offending. All too often students of criminal justice are quick to apply their knowledge of adult offenders to juveniles which is problematic. This leads to the mind-set that juveniles are adults and are thereby capable of making adult decisions, thereby requiring that they receive adult punishments. This graduate level class will break down the common misconceptions about juveniles by providing the student with information on childhood development, the effects of punishment on children and level of culpability that a child might have in terms of their behavior. Additionally this course will focus on effective treatment options and how these options influence the juvenile justice system.

Cases in Executive Decision Making
3 hours

This course is a study in the major decisions made by law enforcement executives from a variety of levels and locales. These decisions include issues in crisis management as well as inter-relationships among community leaders with police executives. Management styles are addressed to determine the most effective methods of implementing solutions to macro social community problems. Additionally, strategic decision-making processes are assessed to evaluate fairness and the aspects of voluntary cooperation and attitudes of all parties. The intent of the course is to provide a thorough analysis of executive decision making from which the student can appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of executive decisions while reflecting on the student’s own style and approach to decision making.

Crime and Corruption in the Global Economy
3 hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the various criminal enterprises around the globe. This course will cover from an international perspective such issues such as human trafficking, piracy, the illicit trade in precious metals and diamonds, and environmental crimes such as illegal logging and animal poaching. This course will examine the scope and impact of crime and corruption and how it impacts the global economy, especially in developing nations.

Policing and Corrections in Homeland Security
3 hours

This course explores the evolving role of police and corrections in the homeland security enterprise. Historical, social, legal, and operational aspects are considered. Threats and strategies specific to police and correctional facilities and best practices in the field are critically assessed. Furthermore, negotiating relationships with other agencies continues to be a challenge for information sharing and dissemination between different law enforcement and correction agencies. This course examines the role the police should play in the task of preventing and responding to terror and the aftermath of terror. Special emphasis is placed on the relationships between the police and their community and how those relationships can be leveraged post 9/11.

Theories of Crime
3 hours

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of past and present theories of criminology. This course will explore topics such as what a theory is, rational choice theory, social learning, conflict theory, labeling and anomie. The role of these theories and others in contemporary criminal justice practice will be explored and strengths and weaknesses of these theories will be analyzed.

Independent Study: Criminal Justice
3 hours

This Independent Study is an opportunity for Criminal Justice or Security Management graduate students to pursue an independent research project under the mentorship of a single professor. Students must complete 24 credits of study before taking this course. Participation is at the discretion of the faculty member. The course requires a major research paper; there will be no examination. Students will submit a request to take the independent study to the Registrar and will include the name of a faculty with whom they have coordinated. Prior to registering, students should first contact the professor with whom they wish to mentor their independent study, coordinate an agreement on the grading requirements, and then NOTIFY their academic advisor with the name of their professor. The final approval to take the independent study will be made by the Program Director.

Emergency Management and Public Law
3 hours

This course identifies the public law, regulation, and associated policy that facilitates and in some cases restricts emergency management planning, recovery, and relief. Topics include national, state, and local issues and examples of public law. The course also covers issues associated with intergovernmental (fire, police, EMS, emergency management, military, etc.) action in emergencies as such action relates to regulation or public law.

Emergency and Disaster Theory
3 hours

This course establishes the theoretical foundation that enables the study and understanding of what constitutes ‘disaster’ as a part of the human condition and experience. Students are given a basic understanding of scientific concepts such as fact, theory, and hypothesis. These are then illustrated by analysis and case studies provided by renowned thinkers and writers in the field of emergency and disaster management. Students leave the class with a quality theoretical foundation from which to conduct all of their future master’s-level work.

Emergency and Disaster Planning and Management
3 hours

This is a survey course that is designed to introduce students to the concepts of emergency management. Topics covered include the history of the field, hazard analysis, mitigation, planning, communication, response, recovery, and terrorism. Students conduct interview research with an emergency manager and conduct a site visit of an emergency operations center. Students can use this course to springboard into advanced topics within the field as offered by other courses, and is a great place for students to begin their emergency management degree programs.

Interagency Disaster Management
3 hours

This course deals with the interaction, coordination, and facilitation between federal, state, and local agencies during preparation, response, and recovery operations. The history of emergency response organizational development is explored, along with the current structural and operational design provided by the National Response Framework (NRF) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Finally, the potential for public-private partnerships in disaster response is examined. Students will achieve an understanding of how all of the various agencies work together to achieve emergency management and disaster response goals and objectives.

Mass Casualty Incident Management
3 hours

This course deals with the casualty consequences of large scale emergency, disaster, and/or destruction. Public health, emergency casualty services, mortuary, and other issues are addressed using case examples, theory, and principles that have been researched, studied, and documented in international, national, and local settings. The course covers the background and philosophy, parameters, clinical issues, special circumstances (CBRN/WMD), clinical and non-clinical issues, and recovery strategies in Mass Casualty Incident Management. In conjunction with the outlined topics, the course examines a number of Mass Casualty Incident Management Case Studies (New York City, Jerusalem, Toronto, New Orleans, Tokyo and Madrid).

Crisis Action Planning
3 hours

This course examines the role of crisis action planning in emergency management and disaster response. This course begins by examining the art and science of future studies – that is, being able to accurately predict an outcome from a given set of inputs and understand the ramifications. Impacts of global warming are presented. Crisis leadership and management theories and methodologies are examined. Taking these three components into account, and adding in other threats that students envision in forum discussions, students then develop a crisis action plan for an organization of their choice, with the purpose being to provide a plan for organizational survival against the challenges depicted above. Students also select an optional topic from an approved bibliography to present and discuss, on such topics as future climate, weather, social justice, energy, economics, environment, resource depletion, and potential strategies for the survival of civilization. Students will achieve a new and more holistic appreciation of the disaster planning process. The crisis action plans that students develop for this course are consistently implemented in the real world, and are in place in organizations across the globe.

Human Intelligence (HUMINT)
3 hours

This course provides an overview of HUMINT operations include mission-target analysis, operational planning, execution and evaluation, cover, security and communications, collection and reporting, and financial management. Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to assess, articulate and defend the soundness of operational concepts, plans and budgets.

Criminal Intelligence Analysis
3 hours

This course provides the student with an introduction to the methods and techniques of criminal intelligence analysis and strategic organized crime. The rapid increase in multinational analysis and transnational organized crime, corporate drug trafficking organizations, and the impact of crime on national and international policy has created a critical need for law enforcement intelligence experts in the relatively new field of criminal intelligence. The course shows how to use criminal intelligence analysis to predict trends, weaknesses, capabilities, intentions, changes, and warnings needed to dismantle criminal organizations. This course provides knowledge needed by law enforcement professionals at the federal, state, and local level, by criminal intelligence analysts working in private industry, and by military intelligence personnel making a transition from a military to a law enforcement career. The course provides a background of the use of intelligence to dismantle criminal organizations and businesses. This course emphasizes criminal/law enforcement intelligence, as opposed to criminal investigation.

Transnational Crime and Narcotics
3 hours

This course will provide an overview of transnational crime and narcotics and its effects on national security, political, social, and economic development of countries around the world. The focus of this class will be the proliferation and expanding influence of organized crime groups, the increasing links among crime groups, corruption, and links to terrorism from transnational crime and narcotics. This class will examine the diverse dimensions of transnational crime and narcotics in the context of increasing globalization and the exponential impact of technology advances

3 hours

This course is a study of the evolution of intelligence and counterterrorism while analyzing U.S. and international policies for combating terrorism, terrorist tactics worldwide, and the scope of terrorism in the twenty-first century. The course focuses on the problems presented by terrorism to U.S. national security, suggested political solutions, and alternatives to the current counterterrorism policy.

Constitutional Law
3 hours

This course provides the student with a theoretical foundation in Constitutional law. The Constitution divides power. In particular, it apportions authority along three main dimensions: between the state and federal governments; among the branches of the federal government; and between, on the one hand, all levels of government and, on the other hand, individuals. The vast majority of live constitutional questions concern a conflict along one or more of these axes. Students will study issues of policy, principle, philosophy, and constitutional implications by focusing on construction and application. This graduate course will explore advanced principles, doctrines and controversies regarding the structure of and division of powers in American government. Specific topics include judicial review, jurisdiction, standing to sue, federalism, federal and state powers and immunities, the separation of powers among the branches of the federal government, the First Amendment, and the Equal Protection Clause.

Media Law
3 hours

This graduate course focuses on the procedural and substantive law that influences the media field. Recent developments in this area will be addressed. Emphasis is given to constitutional issues such as privacy and freedom of speech, as well as regulation of the industry and intellectual property rights. It provides students with an overview of problems affecting speech across the print, broadcast, cable and Internet media. Important topics such as defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright and the Freedom of Information act will also be explored.

Applied Statistics
3 hours

This is an interactive course designed to help students achieve a greater understanding of the statistical methods and models available to analyze data and to solve problems associated with making decisions and testing hypotheses in uncertain conditions. The course is designed for students seeking a thorough appreciation of how statistical tools can support sound decision making efforts in a wide range of situations. Topics covered include inferential statistics, averages, measures of variation, the Normal distribution and its uses, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing for large and small samples, regression and correlation, and Chi-Square distributions. The skills, tools and methodologies needed to analyze systems and to make decisions are provided. State of the art analytical tools and quantitative methods, including computer-based solutions are discussed. The emphasis of the course will be on the proper use of statistical techniques and their implementation rather than on mathematical proofs. However, some mathematics is necessary in order to understand the proper application of the techniques introduced and discussed during the course.

Organizational Management
3 hours

MGMT600 is a course that is divided into 8 weeks and focuses on the concepts and methods of managing an organization. The overall course objective is to identify, apply, and evaluate techniques for structuring and resolving managerial problems in public and private organizations. The main managerial/educational tool used in the course is the business model canvas, which is a contemporary approach to identifying and/or creating a functional business/management plan in an organizational context. Topics include an examination of organizational theories, organizational framing, metaphorical analysis, systems theory, and organizational diagnosis. Course activities will include textbook readings, online library research, practical exercises, regular assignments, and online interaction and inquiry through the extensive use of discussion forum participation.

3 hours

This course covers the elements of contemporary leadership and delineates the principles that are important in the development of a leader for the 21st century. Discussion of the role and function of leadership will include an in-depth analysis and study of needs impacting individuals, organizations and society. The course provides students with a set of leadership skills and competencies on which to build an individual model for effective leadership that can be tested over time.

Public Policy
3 hours

This course examines the way government policies emerge from the political process and are implemented through participating institutions. In this class students will investigate how good analysis can contribute to informed policy-making and review the factors that go into developing effective implementation strategies. In addition, today’s need for enhanced public accountability and the challenging problems of measuring program performance are examined.

Public Finance
3 hours

This course covers public budgeting from the public manager’s perspective. Whether you are currently or hope to be a manager for federal, state or local government or a local or national nonprofit, this course will give you a good overview of budgeting and how it relates to you. Topics include budgetary history, revenue and expenditure management, budgeting processes and operating techniques.

International Terrorism
3 hours

This course examines the global terrorism phenomenon and the social, economic, political, and religious conditions of select states, groups, and individuals that influence the terrorist mindset. Students examine the definitions, origins and development of terror as a means of influencing public policy decisions and in fostering transitions in public power to promote group goals. Specific historical instances of the use of terror are evaluated, assessed, and analyzed. Examples of groups such as the Al-Qaeda terrorist network are assessed including focused discussions on current events. Topics include: geography and geopolitics of terrorism, origins and history of terrorism, characteristics and goals of terrorism, role of politics and religion in terrorism, media impact on terrorism recruiting, and Al-Qaeda in Iraq organization.

Computer Crime
3 hours

This course will examine cybercrime and the legal, social and technical issues cybercrime presents. With a multi-disciplinary perspective, we will focus on ways information technology is used to commit crimes, investigative techniques used to discover the crimes, and the challenges involved in prosecuting cybercrimes These challenges include jurisdictional issues, application of traditional laws to cybercrimes, and privacy issues encountered during prevention, investigation and prosecution.

Final Program Requirement
3 Hours
Master's Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice
3 hours

This final course will allow the students to demonstrate their knowledge via the development of a comprehensive capstone project. The student will accomplish this through gathering bibliographic and reference materials on a research topic developed by the student with the assistance of a faculty mentor. The capstone shall be prepared in accordance with the standards of the academic discipline and utilize the theories, research methods and analytical skills, and substantive knowledge obtained through their studies in the master’s program. The research seminar proposal must provide a clear and lucid description of problem and a proposed method of addressing the problem. Guidance on the format of the research seminar proposal and a sample proposal are contained in the APUS Thesis Manual. This course may not be taken until all other courses are COMPLETED and student has a 3.0 GPA.

Graduate Electives
0 Hours
Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.

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