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  • Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree

    Criminal justice is one of the fastest growing interdisciplinary programs in higher education. There is a need for advanced criminal justice professionals to enhance public safety, human services, community development and urban crime policy both at home and abroad. This program is also offered online

    The Master’s (MS) degree program in Criminal Justice based at the King Graduate School seeks to enhance knowledge of the field, critical thinking skills and a mastery of oral and writing competencies. The program provides a broad global perspective on terrorism and other forms of transnational crimes, important to criminal justice professionals who aspire to leadership positions at federal, state and city agencies.

    The MS Degree program requires 37 credits which can be completed in as few as four semesters. Students complete eight core courses which may be enriched by specializing in HumanServices, UrbanCrime Policy and a concentration in Homeland Security. Graduates will develop competences in research methods, causes of crime, analyses of police, courts and the correctional system and crime reduction strategies.

    This Fact Sheet provides detailed information on Monroe's Master's of Criminal Justice degree programs as well as the various concentrations offered.

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  • Foundation Courses

    New students may be required to take additional foundation courses that were not completed during their undergraduate studies in criminal justice. These Foundation classes are offered either online or on campus. The campus classes are offered during a weekend, either before the semester begins or early in the semester. Your admissions counselor will advise you as to which classes you may be required to take. There is a separate tuition for Foundation classes.

  • Foundation Course Descriptions

    Foundation classes associated with the Master’s in Criminal Justice Degree:

    KG 580 - Foundations Graduate Research and Critical Analysis (1)

    This interdisciplinary foundation course is required for all students enrolled in the King Graduate School. Graduate study on the master’s level demands specialized research, writing, and time management skills; therefore the objective of this seminar is to strengthen skills in academic writing and a thorough understanding of the research process.  The following topics and concepts are covered: the writing process; the thesis statement; appropriate organization of written work; finding, selecting, reading, and evaluating scholarly sources; use of APA style for citations and bibliography; and discovering, narrowing and focusing a research topic. To further understand the process of conducting primary/original research, students participate in a group primary research activity.

    Prerequisite: None.

    KG 583 - Foundations Statistics (1)

    This foundation workshop covers concepts in Descriptive Statistics, Inferential Statistics, Probability, and OLS estimates (trend line with intercept and slop).  The objective of the workshop is to strengthen skills in abstract thinking, critical analysis, and forecasting.  Topics include implementation of basic statistical applications, probability outcomes of experiments and events, graphing of linear equations, correlation, regression, and sample testing.

    Prerequisite: None.

    Professional Experience Track

    The King Graduate School offers a Professional Experience Track for students enrolled in a KGS program who need additional professional work experience to supplement their academic program.

    Enrollment in this track is made at the discretion of the admissions committee and/or Dean of the King Graduate School and is based on a review of the student’s work experience. Students may pursue this track and a concentration of their choice.

    Students in the Professional Experience Track are required to enroll in and complete at least two 1-credit internship courses beginning within the first two semesters of graduate study. Each internship opportunity must be approved in advance by the Dean of the King Graduate School and the Office of Career Services as an appropriate match for the student’s academic program.

    Professional Experience Track 1-credit internship courses include: KG-698, KG-690, KG-691, KG-692, KG-693, KG-694, KG-695, KG-696, and KG-697.

    Internship Courses

    KG 689 - 697 - Internship I - Internship VIIII(1)
    This internship course provides students with an opportunity to combine academic study with valuable industry experience in their desired career track. Students enrolled in this internship course work in an approved industry setting under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students apply theory to practice, gain managerial experience, enhance their resumes, clarify career goals, and make contact with potential employers.