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The online Criminology and Criminal Justice, Master of Science (MS) degree program is designed for professional practitioners in the field of criminal justice. The program emphasizes crime and criminal justice research, theory, planning and administration.
Students choose the online Criminology and Criminal Justice, MS because:
- The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice is a nationally recognized leader in the scientific study of the causes of crime and criminal justice system responses.
- Faculty are subject matter experts in youth and adult victimization, correctional excellence, policing and global terrorism among other critical areas of criminal justice.
- A professionally oriented master’s degree can help students advance their careers, improve their professional skills and develop new competencies.
- Students gain knowledge in areas such as law, political science and sociology leading to a well-rounded education.
- Online courses provide students with more flexibility and control over their schedule and students can complete the degree as quickly as 18 months.
Faculty experts partner with criminal justice agencies and community organizations to generate solutions to crime in communities and enhance criminal justice policies and practices. Faculty research projects are supported through federal funding agencies such as the National Institute of Justice, as well as state and local partners.
At UNO, students actively collaborate to enhance their understanding of the causes and correlates of crime, the criminal justice response to crime, and contribute to the developing scientific knowledge by creating more effective solutions to enhance community safety.
Career Outlook: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts sustained growth in the field of criminal justice, a field that is extremely diverse. The annual median salary for Police and Detectives was $61,600 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. On the other hand, the job outlook for Forensic Science Technicians was growing at 17% which is much faster than average. The continual demand for professionals in this field will guarantee graduates a job post-graduation.
This program is ideal for professionals working in professions such as:
- Probation Officer
- Parole Officer
- Forensic Science Technician
- Police Officer
- Correctional Officer
- Private Detective
- Computer Forensics Investigator
- Governmental Agent
Lisa Sample’s research interests include criminal and juvenile justice policy, including juvenile and criminal justice sentencing disparities, drug control policies, prison re-entry programs and sex offender behavior and policies.
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Taken the TOEFL or IELTS
(Only required if English is not your native language)
A written personal statement
Discuss reasons for pursuing a graduate degree, interests in the field, and career goals for the future.
2 letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
- Fall Semester
- August 1
- Spring Semester
- December 15
- Summer Semester
- May 1
|Nature of Crime||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8010
This course provides an overview of the major dimensions of crime in the U.S. Content areas included are the epidemiology of crime, the costs of crime and typologies of crime and criminals. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.
|Seminar in Administration of Justice||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8020
This course is designed to provide students with a critical understanding of responses to crime. Particular emphasis is placed on theory and research bearing upon the effectiveness of the policies and strategies of the principal institutions of the criminal justice system - the police, courts and corrections. Additionally, philosophical and practical matters pertaining to "justice" and "fairness" in the administration of the criminal law are explored. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.
|Criminial Justice Research Theory and Methodology||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8030
Research theory and methodology in the social sciences as applicable to criminal justice; preparation of research designs, conceptual models; sampling procedures; and development of individual research papers. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or admission to UNO graduate program and instructor permission. Not open to nondegree students.
|Statistical Applications in Criminal Justice and Public Administration||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8950
This is a required course which provides a foundation for the use of statistical methods in criminal justice and public affairs research. It will review fundamentals of research, showing the interplay between the theory, the research, the statistical method, and the interpretation. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program. Not open to nondegree students.
|Seminar in Police and Society||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8040
This course is designed to explore the role of the police in American society. Attention is given to the origins of policing, the nature of police organizations and police work, and patterns of relations between the police and the public. The values of a democratic society as they affect the law enforcement role are discussed. Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to the UNO graduate program and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
|Seminar in Corrections||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8050
This course is designed to give an analytical perspective to the history, development, implementation and future of critical issues in the field of corrections. Primary focus will be directed toward an exploration of the various theoretical approaches to corrections and the research intended to support or refute these perspectives. Prereq: Admission to the graduate program in Criminology and Criminal Justice; or admission to the UNO graduate program and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
|Seminar in Women and Criminal Justice||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8130
This course focuses on the experiences of women in the criminal justice system. It will cover the history of criminological theory on women, application of mainstream criminological theory to women, and women as offenders, victims, and professionals in the criminal justice system
Course Number: CRCJ 8190
Individual projects in research, literature review or creative production which may or may not be an extension of course work. The work will be supervised and evaluated by departmental graduate faculty members. Prereq: Admission to graduate program at UNO, and permission of instructor required. Not open to nondegree students.
Course Number: CRCJ 8230
A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of law enforcement and corrections. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
|Special Problems in Criminal Justice||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 8800
A course devoted to an exploration and analysis of contemporary special problems in the broad spectrum of criminal justice philosophy. This course looks at philosophical issues related to social control. The purpose of this course is to foster a deeper understanding of the reasons, jutifications, and problems related to societal approaches to the control of its citizens. Prereq: Admission to Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate program; or UNO graduate student and permission of instructor. Not open to nondegree students.
|Seminar on Minorities and the Criminal Justice System||3|
Course Number: CRCJ 9030
This is a required course which introduces students to current empirical research and theory on racial minorities and the criminal justice system. It focuses on racial minorities as victims of crime, as offenders, and as criminal justice professionals
Cost for Nebraska Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $365.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $417.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1095.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1251.75
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $600.00
- Fees: $52.25
- Total: $652.25
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1800.00
- Fees: $156.75
- Total: $1956.75
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What's it like to take a program online?
Quality learning experience
The University of Nebraska has offered distance education courses for more than 100 years so you can expect a quality, rigorous experience. Online courses are often highly interactive with faculty and students communicating through e-mail, discussion forums and chat groups. You’ll have direct access to world-class faculty – researchers who are experts in their fields or practitioners with real-world experience. Also, you’ll be part of a community of learners and can benefit from the perspectives of students from across the globe.
Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes wherever is convenient to you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. You aren’t tied to a specific class time.
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