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Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice ConcentrationMaster of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice Concentration

Master of Science in Legal Studies: Criminal Justice Concentration

The criminal justice concentration of the legal studies Master of Science degree serves two primary purposes:

  • To allow for advanced study of the functions and processes of the American justice system.
  • To prepare students for career advancement in the justice system, whether in policing, law, corrections, investigations or human service positions.

The concentration offers a wide range of courses and an interdisciplinary approach that prepares you for a multitude of opportunities in the criminal and civil justice systems.

Get a description of each of Cal U's online criminal justice courses from our Course Catalog here.   

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree.

Required Courses12 Credits

LAW 600Law and Public Policy3
LAW 601Law and Ethics3
LAW 602Law, Civil Liberties and the Constitution3
LAW 603Law and Legal Method3

Criminal Justice Concentration15 Credits

PCJ 747Financial Investigations3
PCJ 748Criminal Justice Organization and Management3
PCJ 749Seminar in Justice Studies3
PCJ 750Sexual Assault Investigations3
LAW 605Law and Police Process3

Criminal Justice Electives9-10 Credits

PCJ 751Executive Protection3
PCJ 752Digital Imaging, Forensic Photography and the Law3
PCJ 755Polygraph and Lie Detection3
AST 700U.S. Homeland Security3
AST 720Domestic Extremism in the United States3
AST 740Terrorism, Threat & Vulnerability Analysis & Protection3
AST 760Biological, Chemical, Nuclear & WMD Threats in Homeland Security3
AST 780Intelligence Practice in Homeland Security3
LAW 606Law, Punishment and Corrections3
LAW 607Law and Criminal Conduct3
LAW 702Law, Science and Forensic Applications3
LAW 730Independent Study in Law and Public Policy3
RES 849Thesis4

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