• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
    33
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $320.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $450.00

Criminal Justice and Public Safety, MS

Master of Science

The IU Online MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety focuses on the intersection of these two exciting fields. The program will appeal to individuals interested in the fields of policing, homeland security, and emergency management. Students may complete coursework in a variety of special topics, including crime mapping, geographic information systems, and cybersecurity, among others. The flexible online program also meets the needs of individuals currently working in criminal justice and security careers.

As a student in the program, you: 

  • examine criminal justice and public safety system actors, agencies, and processes
  • explore the underlying operations of police, emergency management, courts, and corrections agencies
  • identify the major policy issues in criminal justice and public safety systems
  • learn to communicate effectively with individuals working in the complex and diverse criminal justice or public safety sectors
  • explore the philosophical underpinnings and development of law, and critically evaluate how criminal justice and public safety policies balance individual rights and public order
  • analyze criminal justice and public safety policies using a variety of tools, including quantitative research methods and statistical techniques, to improve criminal justice and public safety agencies
  • identify and critically analyze current criminal justice and public safety policies using available research and empirical evidence to discuss the strengths and limitations of various approaches

The program allows you to choose from one of two concentrations: public safety or criminal justice. 

Public Safety Concentration

As a student in this concentration, you assess public safety risks using various analysis tools and develop plans to prepare, manage, and mitigate natural and human-made crises.

Criminal Justice Concentration 

As a student in this concentration, you analyze the nature and extent of crime, critically evaluate major theories of crime, and assess the effectiveness of criminal justice systems, non-criminal justice programs, and other policies and practices that respond to crime.

Your IU Online MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Correctional officer supervisor
  • Police and detective supervisor
  • Criminal investigator
  • Emergency management director
  • Security manager
  • Public safety officer

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo and IU Southeast.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety, you must complete 33 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (15 credit hours)
  • Concentration courses (18 credit hours)

Courses

Core
  • Theory Requirement 3 Credits

    o Criminal Justice Concentration. Choose one: SPEA-J 501 Evolution of Criminological Thought and Policy I -OR- CJUS-P 502 Proseminar: Criminal Justice II o Public Safety Concentration. SPEA-J 528 Risk Analysis for Public Safety

  • CJUS-P 501 -OR- SPEA-J 582Proseminar: Criminal Justice I -OR- Criminal Justice Systems3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 619 -OR- SPEA-J 666Crime and Public Policy -OR- Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation 3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 502 -OR- CJUS-P 594Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Safety -OR- Introduction to Research Methods3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 586 Public Safety in the U.S. 3 Credits
  • SPEA-V 506 -OR- CJUS-P 595Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making -OR- Data Analysis in Criminal Justice3 Credits
Elective
  • CJUS-P 512 Corrections3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 515 Police in Society3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 517 Juvenile Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 519 Probation and Parole3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 602 Courts and Criminal Justice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 623 Violent Behavior3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 627 White-Collar Crime3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 629 Victimization3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 634 Sentencing Theory and Practice3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 671 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 680 Seminar: Issues in Criminal Justice and Public Safety3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 680 Seminar: Issues in Criminal Justice and Public Safety3 Credits
  • CJUS-P 682 Seminar on Law Enforcement and Minorities3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 524 Crisis Management for Public Safety3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 531 National and Homeland Security in America3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 550 Topics in Criminal Justice and Public Safety1-3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 581 Public Safety Law3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 587 Criminal Violation: Problems and Characteristics3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 588 Law and Control in Society3 Credits
  • SPEA-J 682 Planning and Management3 Credits
  • SPEA-V 560 Public Budgeting and Finance3 Credits
  • SPEA-V 561 Public Human Resources Management3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $320.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $960.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1350.00
Note: 

Additional fees will apply.

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