Criminal Justice and Legal Studies
School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Master of Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice Leadership

All students in the Criminal Justice Leadership program option must complete the following
degree requirements. All classes are 8-weeks and online.

  1. Complete all four (4) core courses with a B- or above
  2. Complete five (5) elective courses, 3 courses of which need to be in the Criminal Justice Leadership track.
  3. Complete CJ 693: Criminal Justice Capstone with a B- or above.

Core Classes:

All students are required to take the following courses (8-week online):

  1. CJ 600: Criminal Justice Administration
  2. CJ 601: Criminal Justice Statistics
  3. CJ 602: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  4. CJ 624: Theories of Criminal Behavior

Criminal Justice Leadership Emphasis Classes

Students choose a minimum of three (3) of the following courses for the Criminal Justice Leadership track. Each course is 3 credit hours.

  1. CJ 671: Communications for Criminal Justice Leaders
  2. CJ 672: Conflict Resolution and Decision-Making
  3. CJ 673: Criminal Justice Evidence-Based Decision-Making
  4. CJ 674: Budgeting and Finance
  5. CJ 676: Principles of Leadership
  6. CJ 678: Diversity and Inclusivity
  7. CJ 679: Special Topics in Criminal Justice Leadership *
  8. CJ 680: Personnel Management*
  9. CJ 649: Independent Study*

*May be taken 2 times with a different topic.

Degree Culmination: Criminal Justice Capstone

All students must complete the CJ 693: Capstone Course. This class is 3 credit hours. Students review, research, and evaluate a criminal justice, emergency management, or homeland security policy or issue resulting in a systematic review paper. Students must complete this course with a grade of B- or above.