Legal Studies - Criminal Justice Concentration

Legal Studies - Criminal Justice Concentration Online Master of Science (M.S.)

About Criminal Justice

Prepare for leadership in the justice sector.

Advance your knowledge to fully participate in the legal and justice systems and support American communities. The master's degree in legal studies program at California University of Pennsylvania offers you an excellent education in the specialized concentration of criminal justice.

The graduate degree in legal studies also provides a core foundation for understanding the intersection of legal and policy issues related to criminal justice.

Build skills to expand your contribution to the community.

  • Choose our fully online graduate degree program for access to recognized faculty experts in Pennsylvania and across the country who have practical experience and knowledge in their teaching topics.
  • Earn your master's degree in two years to begin a new career or prepare for advancement in your current employment.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONCENTRATION

Core topics
The criminal justice concentration includes courses that focus on financial investigations, criminal justice organization and management, justice studies, sexual assault investigations, and the law and police process.

Elective courses
Criminal justice students in the legal studies master's degree program can choose from elective courses that address a range of topics: polygraph and lie detection; law, punishment and corrections; domestic extremism; digital imaging, forensic photography and the law; law and public policy; law, science and forensic applications; and other specialized areas.

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Degree Benefits

The master's degree in legal studies with a concentration in criminal justice offers a wide range of courses to ensure interdisciplinary study of the functions and processes of the American justice system. Criminal justice students also:

  • Have the opportunity to partner with professors in completing research for publication in various academic and professional journals.

  • Can choose research topics relevant to their current employment. For instance, police officer students select specific police policies and present solutions in their white papers.

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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's online master's degree in legal studies prepares you for well-paying and rewarding careers in the workplace. Because this graduate degree program blends the fields of humanities, business and political science with the legal and policy issues related to criminal justice, Cal U graduates are ready for career advancement in the legal and justice system in policing, law, corrections, investigations and human services.

 
Criminal Justice Concentration - M.S., Legal Studies
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Career network

 

Cal U students in the M.S. in legal studies program learn in cohorts, where they meet and study with other types of practitioners. Graduate students are from law enforcement, the police, corrections, investigations, human services and more. Cohort students become valuable career contacts and colleagues.

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Professional resource

The Institute for Law and Public Policy at Cal U offers degree and certificate programs, as well as professional development and training opportunities for a wide range of professionals in southwestern Pennsylvania region.

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Certificate option

Cal U students can choose to earn the 15-credit-hour, 100% online criminal justice certificate to refresh skills or expand professional knowledge. You'll study specialized topics that include financial investigations, criminal justice organizations and management, justice studies, sexual assault investigations, and law and police process.

Criminal Justice Concentration Courses

This master's degree concentration prepares practitioners to assume leadership roles to contribute to the advancement of the legal and justice systems.

Course Examples
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  • Biological, Chemical, Nuclear & WMD Threats in Homeland Security
  • Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law
  • Financial Investigations
  • Law and Criminal Conduct
  • Law and Police Process
  • Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution
  • Law, Science and Forensic Applications
  • Law, Punishment and Corrections
  • Terrorism, Threat & Vulnerability Analysis & Protection
  • U.S. Homeland Security

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M.S., Legal Studies Faculty

Larry Bassi
Adjunct Professor

bassi@calu.edu

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Kevin Govern, J.D.
Instructor

govern@calu.edu

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Brian Kohlhepp
Adjunct Faculty

kohlhepp@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey Magers
Associate Professor

magers@calu.edu

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Dr. William Morgan
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David Smith, J.D.
Instructor

smith_d@calu.edu

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Dr. Christina A. Toras
Associate Professor, Director of the Institute for Law and Public Policy

toras@calu.edu

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Michael Vennum, Esq.
Instructor

vennum@calu.edu

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