Criminal Justice (MS)

Volume 1: 2017.2018

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

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This page was modified on 03 November 2017.
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Program Description
Learning Outcomes
Program Curriculum
Advancement to Candidacy

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Program Description

The master of science in criminal justice provides students with a multidisciplinary approach to the wider criminal justice system, with particular emphasis on enhancing technical skills, critical thinking skills, decision-making processes, and increasing analytic capabilities to provide students with the ability to explain, predict, and prevent crime and victimization.

This program is offered online, at the St. Louis home campus, and at select U.S. campuses. Please see the Campus Locations section of this catalog for a list of campuses where this program is offered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theories of crime to the extent, causes, and prevention of crime, the processes of criminalization, and the practices and reforms of the criminal justice system, in the U.S. and globally.
  • Identify quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze crime and crime control systems.
  • Articulate ethical implications of decision making in the criminal justice system.
  • Explain the interdependence of institutions in the criminal justice system and broader social, legal, and socioeconomic environments.
  • Articulate the ways issues of diversity affect the operation of criminal justice organizations and actors, including differences by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, gender, age, and so on.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.

Program Curriculum

Required Courses

  • CRIM 5000 Ethics and Decision Making in Criminal Justice (3 hours) 
  • CRIM 5100 Theories of Crime and Justice (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5480 Criminal Actions (3 hours)
  • CRIM 6000 Capstone (3 hours)


  • At least 18 elective hours from the lists below.
  • Up to 6 hours of any approved graduate-level elective courses.

Administration of Justice

  • CRIM 5050 Organization and Administration of Justice (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5060 Policing and Law Enforcement (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5070 Institutional and Community Corrections (3 hours)
  • LEGL 5450 American Constitutional Law (3 hours)

Fraud Investigation

  • CRIM 5300 White Collar Crime and Fraud (3 hours)
  • CRIM 5350 Computer Crime and Fraud (3 hours)
  • ACCT 5100 Investigation of Financial Fraud (3 hours)
  • ACCT 5150 Introduction to Cyber Forensics (3 hours)

Cybersecurity - Threat Detection

  • CSSS 5000 Introduction to Cybersecurity (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5120 Cybersecurity Infrastructures (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5210 Cybersecurity Law & Policy (3 hours)
  • CSSS 5220 Cybersecurity Threat Detection (3 hours)

Note: To qualify for the certificate in cybersecurity - threat detection, students must take all four courses.

Security Studies

  • INTL 5590 International Security (3 hours)
  • INTL 5550 War and Diplomacy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5890 Terrorism in World Politics (3 hours)
  • INTL 5560 US Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5570 Comparative Foreign Policy (3 hours)
  • INTL 5535 International Disaster Response Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 5595 Energy Security (3 hours)

Note: To qualify for the certificate in security studies, students must take INTL 5590 and three other courses listed in security studies.


Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave. 
St. Louis, MO 63119

Advancement to Candidacy

Students are admitted to their graduate program upon completion of all admission requirements. Students are advanced to candidacy status after successfully completing 12 credit hours of graduate credit, with grades of B– or better. In the MBA program and other specialized programs, courses required as prerequisites to the program do not count toward the 12 credit hours required for advancement. 

This page was modified on 03 November 2017.
Please see the Graduate Catalog Addendum to view changes that were made.