In the Master of Science in management's criminal justice management specialization, you'll obtain advanced knowledge of crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, and crisis management—as well as strong skills in business management. This specialization can help you learn to effectively manage large teams, departments, and bureaus across the criminal justice profession.
These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.
About the Management Master's Degree with Criminal Justice Management Specialization
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
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
- UCSP 615
(to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)
- MGMT 630
- MGMT 640
- MGMT 650
- CJMS 600
- CJMS 610
- CJMS 620
- CJMS 630
- CJMS 640
- CJMS 650
- CJMS 660
- MGMT 670
Course Rules and Program Progression
- MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
- MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken instead of MGMT 630.
- MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.
- 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).
- You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.
If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with coursework in criminal justice, a vertical pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in that field allows you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.
- 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.
Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.
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
If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640.
If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.
Awards & Recognition
- Best Criminal Justice Master's Degrees | GraduatePrograms.com | 2014
Fast-Track Your Degree
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice to Master of Science in Management Specialization in Criminal Justice Management
If you graduated from UMGC with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, you could be eligible to fast-track a Master of Science in management with a specialization in criminal justice management by up to 6 credits and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.
The Graduate School will accept the following course substitutions toward the completion of this master's degree program, for a maximum of 6 credits:
- CCJS 495 in lieu of CJMS 600
- CCJS 497 in lieu of CJMS 620
To be eligible, you must have completed these courses at UMGC no more than two years before being accepted to the Graduate School and earned a B or better in the courses. The substitutions listed above are the only substitutions possible. Transfer credits are not accepted. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all students.