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 2021–2022 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

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

Initial Requirement

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

Core Courses

  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650

Specialization Courses

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

Capstone Courses

  • 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.

Vertical Pathway

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.

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.

Please review our overview of overall master's degree requirements for additional considerations.

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

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