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Saint Leo University | MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections

In the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Corrections Specialization program at Saint Leo University, current or aspiring criminal justice professionals have the opportunity to study advanced administrative topics in areas of parole, probation, and corrections. Get more details about this online MS degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Corrections Specialization

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Those seeking to enter this Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections degree program should have an undergraduate background in criminal justice and have a strong interest in pursuing leadership positions in law enforcement or a similar field. The Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration course is a prerequisite for all other courses in this program. Applicants to Saint Leo University's master's degree programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

What are some technological and managerial issues currently faced in the field of corrections? How is corrections management changing? Which offender treatment options are being used? These are examples of some of the concepts that might be explored in Saint Leo University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections Specialization program. Best practices for correctional managers, community-based correctional programs, and incarceration theories could also be examined. In core coursework, students can take courses that cover criminal justice ethics, policy development, organizational leadership practices, and legal issues in the field. In a required applied project, students apply what they have learned to address a problem within criminal justice administration.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

42 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Saint Leo University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections Specialization:

The requirements of the MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections program includes the completion of five core courses, four concentration courses, and two electives for a total of 42 credits. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Saint Leo University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Public Policy Making in Criminal Justice
  • Leadership Applications in Criminal Justice
  • Applied Project in Criminal Justice Administration

Corrections Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Contemporary Issues in Community Corrections
  • Offender Treatment Methodology
  • Corrections Issues and Trends
  • Correctional Leadership

Elective Courses (12 credits)

  • Choose two of the following courses:
    • Special Topics
    • Terrorism in Israel
    • Hostage Negotiations Phase I & II
    • Preventing Terrorist Attacks
    • Intro to Behavior Science in Criminal Justice
    • Insights in Criminal Behavior
    • Criminal Justice Policy Research and Evaluation
    • Research Methods in Criminal Justice I
    • Research Methods in Criminal Justice II
    • Management of Human Resources in Criminal Justice Agencies
    • Planning and Financial Management in Criminal Justice Agencies
    • Introduction to Forensic Science
    • Advanced Forensic Science
    • Forensic and Medicolegal Death Investigation
    • Crime Scene Investigation and Management
    • Legal Issues in Criminal Justice Agencies II
    • Criminal Advocacy and Judicial Procedure
    • Fundamentals of Civil Litigation
    • Human Behavior & the Judiciary
    • Information Resource Management for Criminal Justice Management
    • Future Studies in Criminal Justice
    • Analytical Understanding of Interviews & Interrogation
    • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice Administration
    • Impact of Terrorism on Homeland Security
    • Management of Critical Incident Operations
    • Risk Identification and Assessment
    • Psychological Aspects of Critical Incidents

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Upon completion of the MS in Criminal Justice - Corrections program, graduates could possess the knowledge of correctional systems and procedures as well as the administrative skills necessary to pursue leadership positions in this field. They might oversee community corrections programs, juvenile corrections programs, parole processes, or correctional facility operations.

Some of the positions that graduates may consider include:

  • Criminal profiler
  • Federal corrections officer
  • Federal correctional administrator
  • Correctional treatment specialist

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