M.S. in Criminal Justice - Law and Public Policy
Today’s legal decisions directly influence the creation of public policy. This intricate relationship provides the basis for the specialization in Law and Public Policy. Examine the vital legal knowledge available to public policy practitioners as you explore legal concepts, cases, and current trends in law and policy.
61 total quarter credits
- Foundation course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (45 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
- CRJS 6000 Foundations of Graduate Study
- CRJS 6137 The Nature of Crime and Criminology
- CRJS 6215 Controversies in Criminal Justice
- CRJS 6420 Organizational Management and Leadership
- CRJS 6216 Criminal Justice Research
- CRJS 6405 Ethics and Social Justice
- CRJS 6511 Special Populations
- CRJS 6217 Technological Solutions and 21st-Century Crime
- CRJS 6203 Victimology
- CRJS 6218 Applied Communications
- CRJS 6810 Fundamentals of Law and Public Policy
- CRJS 6811 Legal Research for Policy Practitioners
- CRJS 6812 Contemporary Cases and Issues in the Courts
As a student in Walden’s criminal justice program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to:
- Utilize theory and research to analyze historical trends and current perspectives in criminal justice.
- Use research to evaluate factors related to crime and the impact of crime on criminal justice policies, practices, and procedures.
- Evaluate the impact of U.S. constitutional policy and procedures on the criminal justice system.
- Analyze the impact of the criminal justice process on victims and perpetrators.
- Synthesize principles from criminal justice theories, processes, and practices to promote social justice and positive social change.
- Compare the structural functions and interactions of law enforcement, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal level.
- Discuss how criminal justice laws and policies are adopted, implemented, and evaluated.