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The Master of Science in Justice, Law & Criminology
Preparing the next generation of policy makers, law enforcement agents, and experts in the field

The Master of Science in Justice, Law & Criminology

Preparing the next generation of policy makers, law enforcement agents, and experts in the field

Master of Science in Justice, Law and Criminology

The MS in Justice, Law and Criminology is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the foundations and structure of institutions of justice and law. Students receive a thorough grounding in empirical and theoretical approaches to public policy issues. Four concentrations are offered.

Concentrations

The concentration in Justice and Public Policy provides theoretical grounding in criminology and coursework in criminal justice, including corrections and policing. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in criminal justice or for advanced graduate work in criminology or criminal justice.

The concentration in Terrorism and Security Policy focuses on issues of national security from the perspectives of criminology and criminal justice. This concentration prepares students for a variety of practitioner and research positions in the area of the prevention and control of terrorism.

The concentration in Law and Society provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the role of law in society, including the theoretical foundations of law, the relationship between law and the social sciences, and broad issues of social justice. This concentration prepares students for positions in policy research and analysis or for advanced graduate work in law and society.

The concentration in Jurisprudence and Social Thought emphasizes philosophical and comparative perspectives on law, providing students with an appreciation of the nature and structural foundations of law and a firm grounding in analytical thought. This concentration serves students who have a background in either the liberal arts or law and are interested in combining the two.

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SPA'S LEADING PROGRAM IN TERRORISM

Washington, D.C., is the epicenter for the study of terrorism, and with the launch of a new graduate concentration within the Department of Justice, Law, and Criminology (JLC), AU is grooming the next generation of policy makers, law enforcement agents, and homeland security experts.

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Degree Requirements

Course Requirements


Concentration Requirements

Justice and Public Policy Concentration 

Two foundational courses chosen from the following:

Four courses (12 credits) selected from the following list:

Nine additional credits selected from other courses offered by the department, or from the following list:

  • PUAD-606 Foundations of Policy Analysis

  • PUAD-616 Legal Basis of Public Administration
  • PUAD-633 Budgeting & Financial Management
  • PUAD-654 Organization Diagnosis and Change

 

Terrorism and Security Policy Concentration

Two foundational courses chosen from the following:

Twelve credit hours selected from the following list, or from other courses relevant to security policy and approved by the department:

Nine additional credit hours selected from the following list, or from other approved courses in Justice, Law and Society:

  • REL-675 Religion and Violence

  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy: Countering Terrorism

  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy: U.S. National Security Strategy

  • S1S-653 US Policy Toward Weak States

  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy: National Security and Proliferation

  • SIS-653 Transnational Security Challenges

  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy: Bioterror in the 21 st Century

  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy: Homeland Security

  • SIS-653 US Foreign Policy: USFP toward the Middle East

  • SIS-610 Theory of Conflict, Violence and War

  • SIS-619 International Security

  • SIS-619 Transnational Crime and Terrorism

  • SIS-619 Cybercrime, Espionage, Warfare

  • SIS-619 Corruption, Development & Democracy

  • SIS-619 Political Risk Analysis

  • SIS-619 Insurgency and Counterinsurgency

  • SIS-609 Conflict Analysis and Resolution


Law and Society Concentration

Two foundational courses chosen from the following:

Twelve credit hours selected from the following list:

  • JLC-676 Theories of Punishment

  • JLC-797 Master's Thesis Research (with permission of department)

Nine additional credit hours selected from other courses offered by the department or from the following list:

Jurisprudence and Social Thought Concentration

Two foundational courses chosen from the following:

Nine additional credit hours selected from other courses offered by department or from the following list: