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MS in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management

Future leaders in areas of homeland security, terrorist response, and disaster management could develop advanced leadership skills when enrolled in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Critical Incident Management Specialization program at Saint Leo University. Read more details about this online MS degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a Critical Incident Management Specialization

School Offering Program:

Saint Leo University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this MS in Criminal Justice degree program should have taken undergraduate coursework in criminal justice and possibly been exposed to courses in homeland security and disaster management. 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:

How does one manage safety personnel during a disaster? What are details of psychological trauma suffered by victims of a critical incident? Which treatment strategies are most useful for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? These are some of the topics students might explore in Saint Leo University's Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management Specialization program. Students might study detailed information about threats and acts of violence, emergency management personnel roles, challenges in emergency management, and risk management processes. Core courses might address legal and ethical issues in criminal justice administration, public policy development, and organizational leadership theories applicable to criminal justice operations. In a required project, students use what they have learned to address a particular problem or create an initiative in criminal justice.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 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.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management Specialization:

For this MS program, students must complete five core classes and four concentration courses as well as two electives for a total of 36 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

Critical Incident Management Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Impact of Terrorism on Homeland Security
  • Management of Critical Incident Operations
  • Risk Identification and Assessment
  • Psychological Aspects of Critical Incidents

Elective Courses (6 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:

After they complete the MS in Criminal Justice - Critical Incident Management program, graduates might have built the leadership and analytical skills required of managers in disaster response operations. They might oversee the development and implementation of emergency response and recovery plans for corporations or government offices.

Positions graduates may be able to pursue such as:

  • Incident response analyst
  • Disaster incident commander
  • Critical incident manager
  • Supervisory security specialist