Criminal Justice, Master's

Degree Type

Master of Science


Our criminal justice system has a past and a present. Learn about the complexities of structures, systems, and policies, so you can lead a better future.


The criminal justice field has numerous opportunities, with projected growth over the decade. And these jobs don’t always require an advanced degree. So why pursue a M.S. in Criminal Justice? Not only can a master’s degree provide broad knowledge and specialized technical training, but it can also prepare you for leadership roles and responsibilities.

We’ve designed coursework to increase individual ability and knowledge, as well as to develop analytical thought. Coursework examines contemporary issues in the administration of justice, counseling, crime control and delinquency prevention, as well as research and management challenges in criminal justice and correctional education.

Learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively through oral and written formats
  • Apply criminological theories, logic, and quantitative analysis to criminal justice policies and issues
  • Demonstrate awareness of the social, political, cultural, and historical factors that influence the field of criminal justice
  • Make positive contributions to the field of law enforcement in law enforcement, court and/or correctional settings
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750+ Course Options

The Coppin State University Academic Catalog has a wide variety of skill-building courses designed to inspire and prepare you to be in-demand professionals and transformational leaders.

Specialize Your Skills

The M.S. in Criminal Justice program has several areas of specialization, including:

  • Administration
  • Correctional counseling
  • Crime control and delinquency prevention
  • Criminal justice planning and research

The program complements the course curriculum through partnerships with federal, state, and local facilities, allowing graduate students to gain real world value. Coppin’s location in the Baltimore metropolitan area also allows you to take advantage of numerous field training, internship and cooperative education opportunities.

Graduate Course Load Expectations

Graduate students may enroll in the M.S. in Criminal Justice on a full- or part-time basis. A full-time course load is 9 credits per semester. Students also have an option to enroll in a part-time course load of 6 credits per semester.

Program Requirements

To graduate with a Master of Science in Criminal Justice, students must complete 36 credits in:

  • Core courses (18 credits)
  • Content area courses (12 credits)
  • Capstone (6 credits)

Each chart in this section explains course offerings and requirements

Core Courses (12-21 credits)

Course Credits Name
EDUC 581 3 Statistics in Social and Behavioral Sciences
EDUC 582 3 Research Methods
CRJU 554 3 Survey in Criminal Justice Administration
CRJU 559 3 Review and Evaluation
CRJU 563 3 Advanced Criminology
CRJU 583 3 Thesis Project I
CRJU 534 3 Thesis Project II

Graduate Electives

Course Credits Name
SPED 510 3 Seminar in Psychology of Exceptional Individuals
PSYC 511 3 Advanced Abnormal Psychology
CRJU 515 3 Information Processing and the Criminal Justice System
PSYC 613 3 Career Development and Occupational Choice
PSYC 612 3 Group Counseling
CRJU 514 3 Psychiatry and the Law
CRJU 517 3 Employment Problems of the Offender
CRJU 519 3 Rights of the Incarcerated
PSYC 641 3 Advanced Individual and Group Counseling, Diagnosis and Assessment of the Addicted Client
CRJU 564 3 Criminal Justice Management
CRJU 565 3 Field Training
CRJU 567 3 Case Analysis in Prevention Programs
CRJU 569 3 Counseling in the Juvenile and Adult Offender
CRJU 573 3 Issues in Curriculum Construction in Correctional Education
CRJU 575 3 Quantitative Research in Criminal Justice
CRJU 588 3 Supervision and Administration of Correctional Education Programs
CRJU 601 3 Seminar in Professional Research
REHB 636 3 Multicultural Counseling


Graduate students can apply a deeper level of critical analysis of the criminal justice system by choosing a specialization.

CRJU 551 3 Administrative Theory
CRJU 560 3 Seminar in Criminal Justice Administration
CRJU 568 3 Problems in the Exercise of Institution Authority

CRJU 501 3 Sociology of Crime and Delinquency
CRJU 562 3 Community Corrections
CRJU 566 3 Juvenile Delinquency and Corrections

CRJU 506 3 Practicum in Correctional Courts
CRJU 516 3 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
CRJU 610 3 Organization and Administration of Counseling

CRJU 516 3 Comprehensive Planning in CRJU System
CRJU 574 3 Research for Planning
CRJU 577 3 Planning and Evaluation

CNCM 506 3 Understanding and Assessing Conflict
CNCM 508 3 Approaches to Managing Conflict and Methods of Dispute Resolution
CNCM 513 3 Negotiations: Theory and Practice
CNCM 515 3 Mediation: Theory and Practice

REHB 504 3 Psychosocial Aspects of Disability 
REHB 513 3 Introduction to Rehabilitation
REHB 516 3 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
REHB 536 3 Casework/Caseload Management
REHB 610 3 Organization and Administration of Counseling and Rehabilitation Programs
REHB 636 3 Multicultural Counseling

SPED 511 3 Group Dynamics: The Educator's Role
SPED 512 3 Administration and Supervision of Special Education Programs
SPED 514 3 Seminar in Interdisciplinary Information
SPED 587 3 Teaching Exceptional Children in the Regular Classroom
SPED 700 3 Legal Aspects of Special Education


All graduate students must complete a final capstone experience. Student can choose one of the following options:

  • Comprehensive examination
  • Thesis

Non-Degree Students

The master’s is a degree-seeking program, but students may also enroll in courses in a non-degree capacity. With written approval from the department chair, a non-degree student may register for courses while waiting for an acceptance decision. Keep in mind, non-degree students cannot apply more than 21 credits toward any degree-seeking program.

Regardless of course load or degree status, all students must complete initial advising with the department chair before getting an assigned faculty advisor.

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Criminal Justice is in the Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.