Criminal Justice

Degree Overview

The role of the police officer is intellectually demanding, requiring officers to possess knowledge and skills in both substantive and procedural law, police procedures, problem solving, crisis management, written and oral communication, technology, and professionalism. This course of study, following the bachelor's of science in criminal justice with the Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC) concentration, will lead to both a master of science in criminal justice and a certificate of completion from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee. These qualifications allow the student to apply for any Massachusetts municipal police department, or that of any other state with a reciprocal agreement. Students will complete a total of 30 credits: eight 3-credit courses that concentrate in criminal justice studies and a 6-credit practicum, with both skills and academic components.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission must successfully complete the Fitchburg State University undergraduate Criminal Justice Municipal Police Training Committee concentration with a minimum 2.75 GPA, and no grade lower than 2.3 in any of the required courses for MPTC certification.

Requirements and Curriculum

Criminal Justice, MS

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Meet all of the requirements of the Municipal Police Training Academy
  • Apply knowledge of the operations of the criminal justice system to real-life case scenarios and current events
  • Recognize and analyze ethical issues and dilemmas in the practice of criminal justice
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze crime data and its impact on criminal justice policy
  • identify the links between theoretical foundations of crime and delinquency and the development of criminal justice policy
  • recognize diversity in society and how criminal justice professionals respond to the increasing diversity in society
  • develop critical thinking skills and the ability to apply them to problem solving
  • develop oral and written communications skills as well as the ability to use technology for communication purposes

Career Opportunities

Students can explore career options including, but not limited to, law enforcement, the court system, and corrections.

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