Saint Joseph's University

MS in Criminal Justice - Behavior Analysis

Students interested in exploring theories of crime and criminal behavior, should consider Saint Joseph's University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in behavior analysis. Learn more about this exciting graduate degree series here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in behavior analysis

School Offering Program:

Saint Joseph's University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may have experience working with children or teens; they may also have experience in the law enforcement sector. Undergraduate courses in forensic psychology, adolescent psychology, sociology, or human development could be helpful. Applicants to Saint Joseph's University's program should have earned at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Individuals enrolled in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in behavior analysis program will have the chance to explore methods for observing, assessing, and intervening in order to help behaviorally challenged individuals. This progressive program focuses on developing new and innovative investigative approaches and techniques to the solution of crime by studying the offender and his/her behavior and motivation. Students will develop the skills to transfer basic principles of behavior analysis into effective comprehensive functional behavioral assessments, behavioral interventions, and program evaluation. Students who complete all of the behavioral analysis concentration courses will have met the coursework requirement to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Examination. However, those interested in seeking this credential must also complete an experiential component, which is not included in this program.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

30 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial assistance is available in the form of student loans or grants. Veterans, reservists and active military members may be eligible for additional tuition discounts for online degrees and graduate level certificate programs. Contact Saint Joseph's University to learn more.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Behavior Analysis:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Joseph's University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Criminal Justice Core Courses

  • CRJ 550: Research Methods
  • CRJ 560: Criminological Theory (3 credits)
  • CRJ 565: Ethics and Criminal Justice (3 credits)
  • CRJ 570: Professional Writing for Law Enforcement (3 credits)

Behavior Analysis Specialization

  • CRJ 622: Basic Principles of Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • CRJ 623: Applied Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • CRJ 624: Behavior Analysis - Consultation (3 credits)
  • CRJ 625: Behavioral Development (3 credits)
  • CRJ 626: Clinical Behavior Analysis (3 credits)
  • Students choose one of the following electives:
    • CRJ 656: Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
    • CRJ 616: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3 credits)
    • CRJ 607: Multiculturalism and Diversity in Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities:

Career Paths:

Individuals who have completed the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in behavior analysis program could be able to undertake responsibilities working with juveniles or adults, performing tasks in case management, consulting, offender monitoring, or administration. Opportunities could be sought with local, state, or government departments - with schools, human services agencies, prisons, parole agencies, or courts.

By completing this Saint Joseph's University program, graduates could be able to seek work as:

  • Behavioral interventionists
  • Pretrial services officers
  • Correctional treatment specialists
  • Probation officers

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