The Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice integrates theory and policy to expand students’ knowledge of crime and criminal justice. The Masters degree requires a minimum of 30 credits of coursework, and can be focused in criminal justice, forensic science, or intelligence analysis. Both MS degrees in Criminal Justice and Intelligence Analysis can be earned online.
This general degree in Criminal Justice requires 15 credits of core coursework in theory and research methods. Students continue by selecting elective courses in their areas of interest, followed by a thesis or non-thesis (policy paper) option. Courses are available both on campus in East Lansing or online through the Internet program.
Students can complete the entire MS degree through the online program in Criminal Justice. Offered through MSU’s Virtual University, students can complete the degree from anywhere in the world, as long as access to the Internet is available. The course structure mirrors that of the online program, with only a non-thesis option available.
Students can choose to earn an MS degree in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis. Courses offered focus on counterintelligence, terrorism, and homeland security. This degree is offered entirely online and is designed to prepare students for work in government intelligence operations and law enforcement.
The Forensic Science program trains students with undergraduate degrees in the natural science for careers in analysis of evidence. Students may choose from one of three specializations: biology, chemistry, or anthropology. Coursework includes laboratory experience and courses focused on forensic science and the law. Specific courses vary depending on the specialization, and students are required complete a minimum of 38 credits.