Online Criminal Justice and Public Safety Degree (M.S.)

The IU Online MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety focuses on the intersection of these two exciting fields. The program will appeal to individuals interested in the fields of policing, homeland security, and emergency management. Students may complete coursework in a variety of special topics, including crime mapping, geographic information systems, and cybersecurity, among others. The flexible online program also meets the needs of individuals currently working in criminal justice and security careers.

As a student in the program, you: 

  • Examine criminal justice and public safety system actors, agencies, and processes
  • Explore the underlying operations of police, emergency management, courts, and corrections agencies
  • Identify the major policy issues in criminal justice and public safety systems
  • Learn to communicate effectively with individuals working in the complex and diverse criminal justice or public safety sectors
  • Explore the philosophical underpinnings and development of law, and critically evaluate how criminal justice and public safety policies balance individual rights and public order
  • Analyze criminal justice and public safety policies using a variety of tools, including quantitative research methods and statistical techniques, to improve criminal justice and public safety agencies
  • Identify and critically analyze current criminal justice and public safety policies using available research and empirical evidence to discuss the strengths and limitations of various approaches

The program allows you to choose from one of two concentrations: public safety or criminal justice. 

Public Safety Concentration

As a student in this concentration, you assess public safety risks using various analysis tools and develop plans to prepare, manage, and mitigate natural and human-made crises.

Criminal Justice Concentration 

As a student in this concentration, you analyze the nature and extent of crime, critically evaluate major theories of crime, and assess the effectiveness of criminal justice systems, non-criminal justice programs, and other policies and practices that respond to crime.

Your IU Online MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety prepares you for such careers as: 

  • Correctional officer supervisor
  • Police and detective supervisor
  • Criminal investigator
  • Emergency management director
  • Security manager
  • Public safety officer

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MS in Criminal Justice and Public Safety, you must complete 33 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (15 credit hours)
  • Concentration courses (18 credit hours)

Admissions

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree
  2. 2.7 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes: 

  • Official transcripts
  • GRE scores 
  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and goals for entering the program
  • TOEFL scores (international students only)
  • Supplementary materials such as letters of recommendation, writing samples, and related materials may also be submitted but are not required

 

Core Courses

Course Credit Hours
Theory Requirement Criminal Justice Concentration: Choose SPEA-J 501 Evolution of Criminological Thought and Policy I -OR- CJUS-P 502 Proseminar: Criminal Justice II. 3 Credits
Theory Requirement Public Safety Concentration: SPEA-J 528 Risk Analysis for Public Safety. 3 Credits
CJUS-P 501 Proseminar: Criminal Justice I -OR- SPEA-J 582 Criminal Justice Systems 3 Credits
CJUS-P 619 Crime and Public Policy -OR- SPEA-J 666 Criminal Justice Policy and Evaluation 3 Credits
SPEA-J 502 Research Methods in Criminal Justice and Public Safety -OR- CJUS-P 594 Introduction to Research Methods 3 Credits
SPEA-J 586 Public Safety in the U.S. 3 Credits
SPEA-V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making -OR- CJUS-P 595 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice 3 Credits

Elective Courses

Course Credit Hours
CJUS-P 512 Corrections 3 Credits
CJUS-P 515 Police in Society 3 Credits
CJUS-P 517 Juvenile Justice 3 Credits
CJUS-P 519 Probation and Parole 3 Credits
CJUS-P 602 Courts and Criminal Justice 3 Credits
CJUS-P 623 Violent Behavior 3 Credits
CJUS-P 627 White-Collar Crime 3 Credits
CJUS-P 629 Victimization 3 Credits
CJUS-P 634 Sentencing Theory and Practice 3 Credits
CJUS-P 671 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3 Credits
CJUS-P 680 Seminar: Issues in Criminal Justice and Public Safety 3 Credits
CJUS-P 680 Seminar: Issues in Criminal Justice and Public Safety 3 Credits
CJUS-P 682 Seminar on Law Enforcement and Minorities 3 Credits
SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis 3 Credits
SPEA-J 520 Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety 3 Credits
SPEA-J 524 Crisis Management for Public Safety 3 Credits
SPEA-J 531 National and Homeland Security in America 3 Credits
SPEA-J 550 Topics in Criminal Justice and Public Safety 1-3 Credits
SPEA-J 581 Public Safety Law 3 Credits
SPEA-J 587 Criminal Violation: Problems and Characteristics 3 Credits
SPEA-J 588 Law and Control in Society 3 Credits
SPEA-J 682 Planning and Management 3 Credits
SPEA-V 560 Public Budgeting and Finance 3 Credits
SPEA-V 561 Public Human Resources Management 3 Credits

Tuition

  • In-state: $320 per credit hour
  • Out of State: $450 per credit hour

Contact Information

Indiana University East
Office of Admissions
Whitewater Hall 116
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289

Email: applynow@iue.edu
Phone: 765-973-8208 or toll free 800-959-EAST
Fax: 765-973-8209
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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