International Crime and Justice

The International Crime & Justice online track readies students to operate in the areas of domestic and international crime and justice issues. Graduates will be better equipped to understand and respond to transnational crime and justice problems which continue to present formidable dilemmas in public policy, criminal justice and national security realms. Students will become equipped with the analytical tools to accurately assess crime and justice issues and to formulate relevant programs and policies to counter international crime threats. The track allows students to distinguish themselves from more general criminal justice programs of study by offering a distinctive specialized credentials which makes graduates competitive for placement in domestic and international criminal justice agencies while at the same time establishing expertise relevant to national security, defense, and international organizational missions.

To prepare students for careers in this area, the curriculum includes both foundational courses necessary to understand current global trends as well as courses that emphasize policy analysis. Courses in economics, quantitative and research methods, and writing and presentation skills provide our students with additional academic and professional preparation. Most unique to our curriculum is a Capstone Project whereby students, in partnership with a professional organization/agency as well as a faculty advisor, work on a policy-relevant topic providing a high-quality written product and an online based presentation. The entire curriculum is supplemented with online Professional Development Seminars that provide additional skills in areas such as career services, leadership, interviewing, and grant writing. Students may also partake in intensive foreign language instruction through the program’s Optional Language Component. During the summer, between the first and second years, students are encouraged to pursue internships with international or domestic entities dealing in crime and justice.

The International Crime & Justice track is a fully online program allowing students to obtain their Master's degree in 24 months.

Plan of Study

Year One

  • First Semester (9 credits)
    • Foundations of Globalization (3 credits)
    • Economic Policy Analysis (3 credits)
    • Analytical Writing and Presentation Skills (3 credits)
  • Second Semester (9 credits)
    • Research Tools for Global Studies (3 credits)
    • International Crime and Justice Course (3 credits)
    • International Crime and Justice Course (3 credits)
  • Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars

Year Two

  • Third Semester (9 credits)
    • Program Design and Evaluation OR Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3 credits)
    • International Crime and Justice Course (3 credits)
    • International Crime and Justice Course (3 credits)
  • Fourth Semester (9 credits)
    • Master’s Capstone (3 credits)
    • International Crime and Justice Course (3 credits)
    • International Crime and Justice Course (3 credits)
  • Non-Credit Professional Development Seminars