Kent State University

About Kent State University

Kent State University—MA Criminal Justice and Criminology

Demand for criminology and criminal justice professionals continues to grow. Whether you are in policing, corrections, victim advocacy or global security or wanting to move from your profession into one of these fields, the challenges you face are increasingly complex, requiring collaboration across multiple stakeholders.

This program prepares you as a next-generation leader in this complex, global and interconnected field.  You will choose a focus area from four growing fields – Policing, Corrections, Global Security or Victimology.  And you’ll complete core courses with peers from across these disciplines, with an integrated curriculum that prepares you to see and work across these disciplinary boundaries.

What You’ll Learn

Our online Master’s in Criminology and Criminal Justice delivers both the breadth and depth you’ll need as a next-generation public service leader.  You will complete core courses with professionals from diverse backgrounds with a multi-disciplinary curriculum that prepares you to collaborate across boundaries.

The program is designed to deliver both breadth and depth of knowledge and skills, with the following course requirements:

• Three core “breadth” courses (9 credits)
• One required course from each of our four concentration areas (12 credits)
• Three additional courses from your chosen concentration (9 credits)
• One required capstone project (3 credits)

    Courses are delivered through our course management system, Blackboard Learn. Course content consists of text, narrated PowerPoint presentations, video and audio, live chats, discussion groups or other learning enhancements.

    Corrections Concentration

    The Corrections concentration is designed for those pursuing career advancement and expanded knowledge for those in professional roles including the areas of probation, parole, institutional corrections or treatment.  The program provides a strong foundation in correctional theory and practice pertinent to both institutional and community settings, including an awareness of contemporary challenges and emerging trends in the field.

    Global Security Concentration

    The Global Security concentration focuses on issues related to global security, U.S. national security policy and strategy, as well as transnational issues and the concerns of other countries or regions. It provides students with a strong foundation to confront the ever-changing, fast-paced and challenging international security environment. With an emphasis on traditional and emerging transnational security threats, students are prepared for analytical, operational and leadership careers in global security in the public and private sectors. The goal is to produce a new generation of analysts, policymakers and scholars knowledgeable about the wide range of international and national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st century.

    Policing Concentration

    The purpose of the Policing concentration is three-fold:

    1. To examine the historical ideas of police service and the lessons that can be learned from those ideas.
    2. To learn about the research that has challenged traditional ideas and the implications of that research for revision.
    3. To analyze the implications of contemporary research to guide new innovations in policies, management, strategies and tactics of police service delivery.

    Victimology Concentration

    The concentration in Victimology provides specialized knowledge about the scientific study of crime victims, their treatment within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, the legal rights of victims and victim assistance and restorative justice programs. This concentration will prepare students to develop and lead initiatives that help prevent victimization, to engage in victimological research and evaluation and to respond to victims in culturally appropriate ways.