CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINOLOGY AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
M.S. in CRIMINAL JUSTICE – Community Corrections Cohort
CORE COURSES Program Overview:
CJ 501 Nature of Crime The Master of Science degree is designed to provide students with the
Overview of the nature of crime in America at both the individual and knowledge and skills required for leadership positions in the criminal
structural levels. Special consideration is given to the contextual nature of justice system and continued study at the doctoral level. The criminal
theory as well as research, policy implications, and critiques.
justice graduate program strongly emphasizes the application of theory
CJ 520 Effective Practices in the Administration of Justice and research in executive decision making, policy development and
Overview of the criminal and juvenile justice systems centered on what analysis, and problem solving.
policies and practices work best to decrease crime and recidivism. Emphasis
is placed on determining and measuring success across criminal justice Cohort Rationale:
agencies. The Community Corrections cohort is geared toward professionals
working in the areas of probation, parole, community-based treatment,
CJ 533 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Examines methods of scientific inquiry as used in criminal justice. Students and related fields. Students will progress through the program together
will learn how to critically evaluate empirical findings, design and implement creating a supportive learning environment and opportunities to build
research studies, and assist criminal justice agencies with their research professional relationships. The program is accelerated with classes
needs. offered year round to facilitate completion of the degree in two years.
The curriculum will emphasize evidence-based practices in community
CJ 534 Data Analysis in Criminal Justice corrections and classes will be scheduled to accommodate working
Use of computer-based statistical techniques to analyze and interpret
criminal justice data. Focuses on data management, data analysis, and professionals.
interpretation of results in making evidence-based decisions.
ELECTIVES Admission to the Master of Science degree program in Criminal Justice
CJ 535 Forensic Counseling is made on a competitive basis. Applications for the Community
Provides basic counseling skills that can be applied in a variety of forensic Corrections cohort scheduled to start January 2014 must be completed
settings. Emphasis is placed on developing skills to foster client engagement and received by December 1. The number of students accepted is
and motivation for change; and learning fundamental cognitive and
behavioral interventions to modify patterns of criminal thinking and dependent on available openings in the program.
behavior. Students will practice counseling skills and receive feedback.
Applicants may be notified by December 15 regarding acceptance
CJ 573 Managing Criminal Justice Employees decisions. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally
Explores methods and strategies for managing human resources in criminal accredited institution of higher learning. In addition to the standard
justice organizations. Students will learn how to more effectively manage University graduate admission requirements, the department requires:
employees through exposure to a variety of topics (e.g., recruitment,
selection, training, socialization, motivation, performance evaluation,
conflict resolution). 1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Applicants may also be considered conditionally with a 2.70 to 2.99
CJ 578 Working with Special Populations GPA.
Addresses offender populations with special needs (e.g., juveniles, women, 2. One undergraduate social science research methods course with a
sex offenders, substance users). Emphasis will be on enhancing knowledge grade of “C” or better
of the unique needs and characteristics of these populations and best-
practices, initiatives and/or policies that attempt to address those needs. 3. One undergraduate elementary statistics course with a grade of “C” or
CJ 578 Offender Testing & Assessment 4. A letter of interest (1-2 pages) that focuses on (a) academic and work
Introduces students to testing and assessment practices in the criminal history, (b) reasons for pursuing graduate studies in criminal justice,
justice system. Emphasis will be on best practices in interviewing skills, and (c) future career goals.
psychometric concepts relevant to evaluating the quality of criminal justice 5. Resume
testing instruments, the administration and interpretation of commonly used
substance abuse, criminal thinking, deception, and risk level tests, and
different types of court-ordered psychological assessments. The admissions application (apply online), application fee, and official
transcripts from each college/university (except CCSU) where any
CAPSTONE PROJECT (choose one): course has been taken must be sent directly to the Graduate Recruitment
CJ 597 Agency Collaborative Project and Admissions Office. Please use the cohort designation CJCC on your
Student works directly with a criminal justice agency on an idea, initiated by application materials.
the agency or the student, aimed at addressing a research-based need (e.g.,
program development, evaluation, instrument validation).
Please submit your letter and resume by fax (860-832-3014) or email
CJ 599 Thesis (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly to Dr. Jennifer Hedlund, Department of
Student develops and implements an independent research project that may Criminology & Criminal Justice.
or may not involve working with a specific criminal justice agency.
M.S. in Criminal Justice Online
Community Corrections Cohort CCSU
Planned Course of Study
Spring 2014 (January-May) Summer 2014 (June-August)
Session 1: Session 2: Session 2:
CJ 573 Managing
CJ 501 Nature of Crime CJ 535 Forensic CJ 520 Administration of
(4 credits) Counseling (3 credits) Justice (3 credits)
Employees (3 credits)
Fall 2014 (August-December) Spring 2015 (January-May)
Session 2: Session 1: Session 2:
CJ 533 Research
CJ 578 Offender Testing CJ 534 Quantitative CJ 578 Working with
Methods in CJ
& Assessment (3 credits) Analysis in CJ Special Populations (3
(4 credits) credits)
Summer 2015 (June-August) Fall 2015 (December)
CJ 597 Agency Collaborative Project
CJ 599 Thesis
*Online courses do not require class meetings. Instructors would be available for face-to-face consultation as needed.
Note. All sections would be restricted to cohort participants. Student in other cohorts would only be allowed to take these courses with special permission.