Management Master's Degree with Criminal Justice Management Specialization

The award-winning criminal justice management specialization can teach you advanced skills in administration, leadership, and collaboration to boost your career.

In the criminal justice specialization, you'll obtain advanced knowledge of crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, and crisis management—as well as strong skills in business management. This specialization can help you learn to effectively manage large teams, departments, and bureaus across the criminal justice profession.

About the Criminal Justice Management Specialization

The criminal justice management curriculum features case studies of real criminal justice management issues to help you build skills you can apply immediately in the workplace. We also facilitate networking opportunities between you and employers, and we work with employers to actively help them recruit our students.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Design criminal justice programs
  • Analyze threats and assess risks
  • Conduct vulnerability studies
  • Apply legal knowledge to criminal justice management
  • Lead and manage organizations
  • Communicate, report, and write professionally and effectively

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Design a police department and corrections facility
  • Write a variety of reports at varying levels of detail
  • Address ethical situations in the workplace

Criminal Justice Management Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Specialization Courses

  • Specialization courses should be taken in the order listed.
  • CJMS 600 must be taken as the first specialization course.
  • CJMS 660 must be taken after all specialization and core courses (except MGMT 670).
  • You must complete 24 credits of program coursework, including all core and research methods courses, before enrolling in MGMT 670.

Core Courses

If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, you should take UCSP 620 before MGMT 640. If you lack a recent background in statistics, you should take UCSP 630 before MGMT 650.

  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
  • MGMT 630 (or MGMT 610) must be taken within the first 6 credits.
  • MGMT 640 should not be attempted simultaneously with MGMT 650.

Alternate Course

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to apply broad management principles to work in areas such as crime prevention, law enforcement, investigative forensics, and crisis management.

Academic Relationship

If you graduated from UMUC within the last two years with a major in criminal justice, you may be able to transfer credits to the graduate specialization in criminal justice management within the MS in Management. Contact an academic advisor for details on eligibility.