2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) 
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2011-2012 Walden University Catalog (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

M.S. in Criminal Justice

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Walden University’s Master’s in Criminal Justice program will prepare students to effectively work within criminal justice agencies, governmental organizations, and the private sector. The programs comprise a core of contemporary theory and practice as well as the study of national and international issues in the administration of criminal justice. This includes the intersections of management of local, state, and federal criminal justice systems. Thus, it provides the ability to practically apply knowledge and skills that will impact society. With a unique blend of criminal behavioral theory, human services, technology, homeland security, and management, the program will provide students with critical 21st-century skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize theory and research to analyze historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice.
  2. Use research to evaluate factors related to crime and the impact of crime on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures.
  3. Evaluate the impact of U.S. constitutional policy and procedures on the criminal justice system.
  4. Analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators.
  5. Synthesize principles from criminal justice theories, processes, and practices to promote social justice and positive social change.
  6. Compare the structural functions and interactions of law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal level.
  7. Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.


Degree Requirements

61 total credits

  • Foundation course (6 cr.)
  • Core courses (40 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)


Core Curriculum

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits


CRJS 6000 - Foundations of Graduate Study

1 cr.
  CRJS 6136 - Criminal Behavior 5 cr.


CRJS 6215 - Controversies in Criminal Justice

5 cr.
  CRJS 6420 - Organizational Management and Leadership 5 cr.


CRJS 6216 - Criminal Justice Research

5 cr.
  CRJS 6405 - Ethics and Social Justice 5 cr.


CRJS 6511 - Special Populations

5 cr.
  CRJS 6217 - Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime 5 cr.


CRJS 6203 - Victimology

5 cr.
  CRJS 6218  - Applied Communications 5 cr.


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