Jun 20, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, M.S. - Professional Studies Concentration

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Graduate Program Chair

David Weiss, Ph.D.

Graduate Committee

Lilian Bobea,PhD

Deon Brock, PhD

Randall Grometstein, JD, PhD

Richard Wiebe, JD, PhD

David Weiss, PhD

Michael McCutcheon, EdD

Katherine Hazen, JD, PhD

Eileen Kirk, PhD


Professional Studies Concentration - 100% Online Program


This 36 credit program provides students with practical knowledge and skills based on current research in the field while also providing an understanding of  ethical issues and dilemmas related to the profession.  The program focuses on building student’s problem solving skills and their ability to analyze and understand data to assist with decision making.  The program also provides students with experience in leadership and management to assist them in advancing in career areas such as law enforcement, corrections, social services and other public service related fields.  

Program Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Plan of Study

Required Courses

CJ 7240 – Criminal Justice Process (3 Credits)


Students with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice  can take an elective course in place of CJ 7240

CJ 7320 - Crime Causation (3 Credits)

CJ 8100 - Program Evaluation (3 Credits)

CJ 8580 - Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3 Credits)

CJ 9680 - Cultural Diversity and Communication (3 Credits)


Electives (between 21-24) Credits


Total 36 Credits







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