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    Online Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Program Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Institutional Membership(s): SOC PROGRAM DETAILS Program Information: Master of Science - Master's Enrollment: 500 seats total Application Deadline: Open How Students and Instructors Communicate: E-mail, Postal, Video, WebCT Subject: Security and Protective Services METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION

    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    The M.S. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training though various tracks. This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. Additionally, students may choose among elective courses available at the graduate level throughout NSU. The program requires successful completion of thirty-six hour program that includes core courses, specialty track, and electives.

    The program has been offered in distance/online format since 2001. The online component involves use of World Wide Web pages to access course materials, announcements, the Electronic Library, and other information. Online activities may include forums using threaded discussion boards, chat rooms, emails, and electronic classroom sessions.

    Curriculum: (36 credits required for total program)

    Core Courses (Required of all Criminal Justice Students) (15 Credits)

    CJI 510 Survey Issues in Criminal Justice (3 Credits):
    This course will review historical context, theory, policy making, political factors, and behavioral influences related to criminal justice policy department.

    CJI 520 Social Administration of Criminal Justice (3 credits):
    This course will provide an overview of the federal, state, and local criminal justice systems. An introduction to management and methods of conflict management will be provided.

    CJI 530 Legal Issues in Criminal Justice (3 Credits):
    This course will provide an overview to the legal issues that govern criminal justice activities that will included state and constitutional perspectives of law. An historical development of the various statutes that regulate criminal justice activities will be provided.

    CJI 540 Program Evaluation in Criminal Justice (3 Credits):
    This course will provide a fundamental analysis of research and methodology as related to evaluation of criminal justice administration. Included in this course will be an introduction to statistical analysis and the use of current technology.

    CJI 550 Investigative Processes (3 Credits):
    This course will provide a fundamental background for investigative processes to include the responsibilities of the investigator from the initial crime scene all the way trough follow-up. Felony cases will be used to demonstrate examples of criminal principles.

    Specialty Tracks (Choose one among the following) (15 Credits)

    Track I: Organizational Leadership
    Track II: Behavioral Science
    Track III: Business Administration
    Track IV: Public Administration
    Track V: Substance Abuse
    Track VI: Community Solutions and Partnership
    Track VII: Information Systems and Security
    Track VIII: Conflict and Crisis Management New Track

    Electives (choose one of the following for a total of 6 credits)

    Courses: Two, three-credit classes may be taken through numerous schools throughout the university, with permission from the academic department and the Criminal Justice Institute.

    Practicum Placement: gaining hands on experience within the field of criminal justice.

    Master's Thesis: work with NSU faculty member creating your own research project.

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    Online students are provided access to the same library resources normally available to on-campus students. The university抯 Distance Library Services (DLS) are accessible from a web site that provides online students with the ability to conduct index and catalog searches, request books, journal articles, and other documents using online forms, and to contact a reference librarian. Students may also communicate with the DLS office using email, telephone, and fax. The NSU Library system provides access to over 10 million volumes, 200 online databases, and 28,000 full-text journals. All materials mailed by the library are sent by first-class mail. When books are borrowed, the student has to pay a small charge for third-class postage to return them. Books are loaned for one month. Periodical copies or ERIC documents need not be returned.

    Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, as the university's official bookstore, offers comprehensive bookstore services to our local and online students and carries textbooks for all the university抯 courses. While students have the option to purchase textbooks from other online and local sources, there are benefits from purchasing from the university's bookstore (on-campus or online), including better availability. The university's bookstore provides the full-spectrum of shipping options. The school insures that required textbooks are available, and then posts them on its website at least one month prior to the start of each term. Students should place their orders early enough to ensure delivery prior to the start of the term.
    The Office of Student Financial Assistance administers the university抯 financial aid programs of grants, loans, scholarships, and student employment and provides professional financial advisers to help students plan for the most efficient use of their financial resources for education. In order to participate in financial aid programs, a student must be admitted into a university program and must be a citizen, a national, or a permanent resident of the United States, or be in the United States for other than a temporary purpose.

    A prospective student who requires financial assistance must apply for financial aid while he or she is a candidate for admission. Students/applicants may apply for financial aid online. For additional information or application forms call 800-806-3680 or 954-262-3380. To continue financial aid, at a minimum, enrolled students must demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward a stated educational objective in accordance with the university抯 policy on satisfactory progress for financial aid recipients


    Advisement is conducted regularly by the graduate program office (director and advisors) and the faculty. Program office staff and faculty may be reached by email or telephone.


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