Legal Studies

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Master of Criminal Justice

Our new and improved MCJ program offers flexibility for students to carve their own path, offering many new course options, enhanced opportunities for engagement with faculty and research, and empowers students to develop skills knowledge and skills necessary to emerge as future leaders in fields of criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management.

Preparing Future Leaders: Get the necessary skills and knowledge to start or enhance your career in criminal justice, emergency management or homeland security field.
Increased Flexibility: Offering both evening and online classes to accommodate criminal justice professionals and busy students.
Relevant, Innovative Research Experience: Learn applied research skills to promote evidence-based policy and practice in fields of criminal justice, homeland security, and emergency management
New and Updated Curriculum: Now offering many new classes and options to provide students with the most cutting-edge knowledge and skill in criminal justice policy and practice, homeland security, and emergency management.

About the Program

Learn from nationally recognized experts actively engaged in research on topics of crime and justice policy, criminology, international crime, racial disparities, restorative justice, among many other topics. Through coursework, collaboration with faculty, and peer interactions, the MCJ programs prepares students to:

  • Think critically about the factors that shape criminal justice policies and the criminal justice system
  • Apply scholarly research to current issues and problems in the criminal justice system and related fields
  • Analyze trends and patterns in crime and criminal justice, emergency management, and homeland security topics
  • Communicate effectively in both written and verbal forms
  • Consider ethical concerns related to criminal justice, emergency management, and homeland security issues.

Mission of the program

Promote evidence-based policy and practice. Prepare future leaders in the fields of criminal justice, emergency management, and homeland security by conducting relevant, innovative research and offering cutting-edge classes.