In the criminal justice 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.

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

Core Courses

  • UCSP 615
  • MGMT 630
  • MGMT 640
  • MGMT 650
  • MGMT 670

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.

  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
  • MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.

Alternate Course

  • MGMT 610 and MGMT 615 may be taken in lieu of MGMT 630.

Specialization Courses

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

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 and research methods courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Other Requirements

The substitutions listed above are the only ones possible. Note that a minimum grade of B must be earned in each undergraduate course for the credits to be accepted at the graduate level. Eligible credits must have been completed no earlier than two years before the beginning of graduate studies. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all applicants. Contact an academic advisor for details on eligibility.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to apply broad management principles to work in areas such as crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, and crisis management.

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.

Academic Relationship

An articulation agreement between The Graduate School and UMGC’s Undergraduate School allows students who completed their undergraduate degree at UMGC with a major in criminal justice to reduce their total coursework for the graduate degree by up to 6 credits (two courses) and complete both degrees with a total of 150 credits of coursework.

The Graduate School will accept the following toward the completion of the MS in Management with a specialization in criminal justice management for a maximum of 6 credits:

  • CCJS 495 in lieu of CJMS 600 
  • CCJS 497 in lieu of CJMS 620 

The substitutions listed above are the only ones possible. Note that a minimum grade of B must be earned in each undergraduate course for the credits to be accepted at the graduate level. Eligible credits must have been completed no earlier than two years before the beginning of graduate studies. Admission requirements and time limits for degree completion apply to all applicants. Contact an academic advisor for details on eligibility.