Criminal Justice Studies - MA Concentrations and Certificates

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Master of Arts: Criminal Justice Studies: Applied Criminology - Credits:  30  (program code:  0964)

Master of Arts: Criminal Justice Studies: Forensic Linguistics - Credits: 36 (program code: 0965)

Certificate: Applied Criminology - Credits: 12 (program code: 0740)

Certificate: Behavioral Crime Analysis - Credits: 12 (program code: 0741)

Program Description

Cal U's 100 percent online Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Studies: Applied Criminology degree is on the forefront of presenting advanced criminological theories and examining the behavioral manifestations of violent offenders. By combining the best of criminal justice and applied criminology study, the program enables students to build a strong foundation of theoretical and research knowledge and skills. This provides students with the sophisticated techniques needed to apply this analytical framework to real-world situations. Students also learn to apply this theoretical framework to real-world situations involving criminal investigative analysis, equivocal death analysis and geographical crime analysis.

The program is taught by professors who blend scholarship with unmatched experience undertaking complex criminal investigations. 

Cal U's forensic linguistics master’s degree concentration builds knowledge, skills and abilities in a specialized field. Forensic linguists primarily work as consultants, bringing their expertise to criminal and civil investigations, corporate and national security matters, legal proceedings, and analysis of evidence such as emergency phone calls, suicide notes, ransom demands and fraudulent documents.

Students may select to pursue the master's degree and two certificates.  The two certificates may be completed separately or as part of the master's degree.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Curriculum - Master of Arts: Criminal Justice Studies: Applied Criminology 

Course Credits
CRM 700  Advanced Criminological Theories 3
CRM 710  Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory 3
CRM 720  Research Methods in Criminology 3
CRM 820  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology 3
CRM 830  Criminal Investigative Analysis 3
CRM 840  Equivocal Death Analysis 3
CRM 850  Geographical Crime Analysis 3
CRM 855  Applied Research in Criminology 3
CRM 880*  Criminology Thesis  OR  CRM 885  Criminology Internship  OR  CRM 890*  Criminology Studies Abroad  OR  6 credit hours of prior learning (FBI Academy, FLETC, CFE Certification and similar academies and programs) 6
Total 30

*Depending on availability

Curriculum - Master of Arts: Criminial Justice Studies: Forensic Linguistics

Course Credits
Required Core - 9 credits  
CRM 700  Advanced Criminological Theories 3
CRM 720  Research Methods in Criminology 3
CRM 855  Applied Research in Criminology 3
   
Concentration Courses - 21 credits  
CRM 600  Seminar in Forensic Linguistics 3
CRM 610  Forensic Sociolinguistics 3
CRM 620  Forensic Language Structure I 3
CRM 640  Forensic Language Structure II 3
CRM 650  Author Profiling and Threat Assessment  3
CRM 670  Authorial Attribution and Speaker Identification  3
CRM 690  Legal and Ethical Issues in Forensic Linguistics 3
   
Capstone Experience - 6 credits (select ONE of these):  
CRM 880*  Criminology Thesis OR CRM 885 Criminology Internship  OR  CRM 890*  Criminology Studies Abroad OR 6 credit hours of prior learning (FBI Academy, FLETC, CFE Certification and similar academies and programs) 6
Total 36

*Depending upon availability

Curriculum - Certificate: Applied Criminology

Course Credits
CRM 700  Advanced Criminological Theories  3
CRM 720  Research Methods in Criminology 3
CRM 820  Ethical and Legal Aspects of Criminology 3
CRM 855  Applied Research in Criminology 3
Total 12

Curriculum - Certificate: Behavioral Crime Analysis

Course Credits
CRM 710  Advanced Behavioral Crime Analysis Theory 3
CRM 830  Criminal Investigative Analysis 3
CRM 840  Equivocal Death Analysis 3
CRM 850  Geographical Crime Analysis 3
Total 12

Advisement

Students receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time they are accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Program Websites

www.calu.edu/academics/online-programs/applied-criminology/index.htm

https://www.calu.edu/academics/graduate/masters/forensic-linguistics/index.aspx 

For Additional Information

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1-866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

John R. Cencich, J.S.D. (University of Notre Dame), LL.M. (Kent Law School, University of Kent at Canterbury), M.S. (Virginia Commonwealth University), B.S. (St. Paul's College), Professor

Email: cencich@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-1576
Webpage: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/john-cencich.aspx 

Program Faculty

Aref M. Alkhattar, Ph.D., M.A. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (University of Jordan), Professor

Robert Ambrosini, Psy.D., M.A. (California Southern University), B.S. (Susquehanna University), Instructor

Carl Benoit, J.D.  (Albany Law School), B.S. (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Instructor

James R. Fitzgerald, M.S. (Georgetown), M.S. (Villanova), B.S. (Pennsylvania State), Associate Professor

Michael Hummel, Ph.D., M.Phil., M.A. (Columbia University), B.S. (University of the State of New York), A.S. (Troy State University), Professor

Raymond Hsieh, Ph.D. (State University of New York at Buffalo), M.S. (Rochester Institute of Technology), B.A. (Central Police University-Taiwan), Professor

Julie Warnick, J.D. (Thomas M. Cooley Law School), B.S. (West Virginia University), Associate Professor

Christopher Wydra, D.Sc. (Robert Morris University), M.S. (Duquesne University), B.S. (Point Park University), Assistant Professor

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/inside/faculty-staff/profiles/