M.S. in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security

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Our program focuses on:

  • The philosophical, historical, ethical, behavioral, technological, legal and policy dimensions of the discipline.
  • An analytical approach to practice within the criminal justice system.
  • Practical tools to improve effectiveness within the various professional roles.
  • The most current and relevant information in a structure that is dynamic and adaptable to rapidly evolving trends.

To earn the master's degree in administration of justice and homeland security, students take a minimum of 12 courses (36 credits).

Required courses:

  • ADJ505: Constitutional Issues
  • ADJ506: Theories of Justice
  • ADJ518: Public Policy in the Global Environment
  • ADJ521: Management Issues in the Justice System
  • ADJ524: Homeland Security: National Incident Management System
  • ADJ536: Cultural Competency
  • ADJ563: Criminal Justice Research Methods
  • INR552: Terrorism and Transnational Crime

Students choose an area of concentration or select electives from any of the graduate programs (with approval from the program director) to develop an individualized program of study that meets their personal and professional goals.

Concentration in Cybersecurity and Intelligence

The concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence highlights theory, policy and problems in this emerging field and responds to the interests, knowledge requirements and needs of law enforcement and justice professionals at the local, regional, state and international levels.

The concentration includes attention to counterterrorism training in information technology, terrorist groups, domestic terrorism, high-tech crimes, intelligence gathering and financial investigative techniques.

Additional required courses:

  • ADJ519: U.S. Intelligence or ADJ543: Cyber Intelligence
  • ADJ576: High Technology Crime

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ526: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ530: Cyberthreat Analysis
  • ADJ531: Cyberthreat Management
  • ADJ532: Cyberterrorism
  • ADJ555: Challenges to Counterterrorism
  • ADJ565: Analytic Methods
  • ADJ579: Advanced Persistent Threat: Tactics, Techniques and Procedures
  • ADJ581: Special Topics (with permission from the program director)
  • HCA530: Cybersecurity and Resiliency in Health Care Administration
  • MGT558: Management of Cyber Opportunities and Threats

Concentration in Digital Forensics

The concentration in digital forensics encompasses an array of skills, including acquiring, extracting and analyzing data that is often useful for criminal investigation and civil litigation cases. In addition to criminal and civil investigations, it also plays a major role in intelligence and counterterrorism matters. The concentration expands on the knowledge gained from core courses, developing the skills necessary for utilizing networks, servers and analysis tools.

Additional required courses:

  • ADJ526: Principles of Digital Forensics
  • ADJ529: Advanced Digital Forensics

Students also choose two of the following:

  • ADJ537: Network Forensics and Incident Response
  • ADJ545: Mobile Forensics
  • ADJ546: Insider Threat
  • ADJ547: Malware Basics
  • ADJ570: Forensic Certifications (ACE/CCE)
  • ADJ581: Special Topics (as available for relevant technical advancements)

Concentration in Leadership in Justice

Leaders in the justice field must reshape departments that have been highly centralized, over-specialized and conventional in their approach to solving community issues and problems. The concentration in leadership in justice focuses on strategic management in a multicultural, technological and collaborative environment.

Additional required course:

  • ADJ535: Budget Realities and Grant Opportunities

Students also choose three of the following:

  • ADJ581: Special Topics (with permission from the program director)
  • HLL519: Introduction to Holistic Leadership Perspectives
  • HLL520: Leading Holistically: Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • MGT502 Managing in a Global Economy
  • MGT509: Human Resources Management
  • MGT554: Business Foresight and Futuring
  • MGT558: Management of Cyber Opportunities and Threats


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