Feb 28, 2024
Graduate Curriculum Committee
Marcel F. Beausoleil, PhD
Lilian Bobea, PhD
Deon Brock, PhD
Randall Grometstein, PhD
Phil McCormick, PhD
David P. Weiss, PhD
Richard P. Wiebe, PhD
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 Police Certification concentration, will lead to, upon completion, both a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice and a Certificate of Completion from the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee, thereby allowing the student to apply for any Massachusetts municipal police department, or that of any other state with a reciprocal agreement. In this concentration, students will complete a total of 36 credits: eight 3-credit courses that concentrate in criminal justice studies and a 12-credit Practicum, which will have both a skills component and an academic component.
Note: This program is only open to those students who have successfully completed the Police Certification concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at Fitchburg State University.
Students who successfully complete the 4+1 Criminal Justice Police Certification concentration 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
Students will be eligible to seek employment with any municipal police department in Massachusetts, and with any state that has reciprocity with Massachusetts.
Admissions Standards and Criteria
In addition to submitting required standard documentation for application to a graduate program as described in the Admissions section of this catalog, candidates must have successfully completed the undergraduate Fitchburg State University BS in Criminal Justice Police Certification concentration. The bachelor degree requires a minimum 2.50 GPA, with no grade lower than a 2.0 in any of the courses required for MPTC certification. The graduate candidates must continue to adhere to the requirements of the Police Training Academy.