The 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 Global Campus, 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 program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 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.
  • You should take MGMT 650 in your second or third term.

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

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

Additional Information

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.