Graduate School Resources
Thinking about graduate school? While there are many opportunities in the field of criminal justice for those with a Bachelors degree, you may be interested in pursuing your education further at the graduate level. If so, there are a number of avenues to pursue:
Masters in Criminal Justice
A Masters in Criminal Justice is for individuals who want to work, or are currently working, in the field of criminal justice, as well as individuals who may want to go on to a PhD program. In Masters in Criminal Justice programs, students will learn about the criminal justice system in-depth and enhance their research and statistical skills to create and evaluate public policy. The focus of these programs is on problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership.
Masters in Forensic Science
A Masters in Forensic Science is for individuals who want to work, or are currently working, in crime laboratories, medical examiners’ offices and in such related areas as public safety, arson investigation and environmental protection. Masters in Forensic Science programs draw from the areas of chemistry, biology, physics and law and involve the mastery of techniques for the laboratory and the courts.
Masters in Forensic Psychology
The Master in Forensic Psychology is designed to train practitioners to provide psychology services to, and within, the criminal and civil justice systems, as well as to prepare students for doctoral study in psychology. Masters in Forensic Psychology programs focus on the understanding, evaluation and treatment of both offenders and victims. Students are provided with an advanced understanding of psychological development and psychopathology, personality assessment, psychotherapeutic techniques and research methods.
Keep in mind that most Masters programs take one to two years to complete.
Doctorate Degree in Criminology and/or Criminal Justice
For students who are interested in an academic career or working at a research institute or government agency creating and evaluating public policy, completing a doctorate degree in criminology and/or criminal justice may be necessary. Pursuing a PhD is a big time commitment and can take between three to five years to complete. For some programs, you may need to have a Masters degree before applying to a PhD program. Therefore, it is important that you think closely about whether this is the right decision for you.
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