Masters degrees in Criminal Justice Management equip you with the necessary skills to effectively manage and organise criminal justice institutions and services. Areas of focus include scrutiny of personnel, administrative processes, and the punishment and rehabilitation of offenders.
Taught MA and MSc degrees are typical for this field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Law or Criminology.
Postgraduate courses in this field encourage you to engage with the theory, policy and practice of organisations within the criminal justice system.
You will analyse the relationships between policing services and agencies, as well as the different groups these organisations serve. In particular, you will assess discriminatory practice in the criminal justice process and the causes of miscarriages of justice.
With experience of policy-making and criminal justice agenda, you will be suitable for managerial positions within criminal justice agencies and probation services. Alternatively, you could work in administration for the police, or within community-based correction or treatment centres.
If you’d prefer a route in academia, your Masters would provide an excellent basis for further study at PhD within the Social Sciences.
The M.S. in Criminal Justice trains individuals through an interdisciplinary focus in an online environment. The program prepares students through the core curriculum and allows for specialty training through various concentrations.
This facilitates choice for students and fosters the development of specialized expertise. Students will complete the thirty hour program that includes core courses, specialty concentrations, and electives.
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The master's program is offered entirely online. The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master's degree without interrupting your career. For information on the online/residential bachelor's program, click here. For information on the online doctoral program, click here.
Master's students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors' reviews of assignments online in the same formats.
The Master's program is comprised of 30 credits. The core curriculum is comprised of five courses (15 credits) and one elective course (3 credits). The specialty concentrations are comprised of four courses (12 credits).
Core Courses (15 Credits)
Specialty Concentrations (12 Credits)
Students must choose one concentration below and complete 12 credits within the concentration. (The concentrations remain the same)
Electives (3 Credits)
Students must choose one or a combination of electives below to obtain a total of 3 credit hours.
The General Law programme at Aberdeen is one of the best programmes in terms of scope and areas of interest you can choose to study at advanced level. If your first degree was in a specific area of law there is nothing preventing you from choosing another area of law completely or a complementary area. You could study environmental law areas such as oil and gas law, energy and environmental law, low carbon energy transition with further environmental regulation. If you are more interested in criminal law you could look at Criminology, the politics of human rights, humanitarian law. If you are more interested in business you might choose international law, intellectual property law, world trade organisation or for business with a creative aspect you might think about specialist in cultural property issues or law for business and arts and museums law. There are many possible mixes of these general areas of law you might want to explore. Employment possibilities are huge from this range of areas of law and include all notable areas to practise law and careers within the legal profession to welfare sectors such as employment, business, HR and finance.
You may become a Barrister if you wish to represent people at High Court and Magistrates court to put legal argument forward for decision. You could start off as a legal executive to later qualify as a solicitor with further training or after a number of years experience you may wish to become a judge. If you want some work experience you could become a court usher. Other careers include a Paralegal. This role undertakes much of a lawyers role in drafting documents, meetings and contracts. If you decide your law degree is useful for other areas you may look at Civil Service careers, become a politician, work in the police, city, or teach.
This programme is ideal if you want to be a generalist to an advanced level rather than a specialist in a specific area of law. You develop your analysis and research skills and you have the option of wide ranging courses to choose from which stretches your intellectual thinking capabilities in a top 10 School of Law (Complete University Guide 2018)
If you are interested in how current societies are shaped by modern issues this programme looks at European developments and how new frontiers came about. The programme comes from a very informed body of research undertaken for the European Commission and at the 'New Europe Centre' in Aberdeen. People who have studied this programme go on to work within the civil service, as foreign correspondents or diplomats, within international offices, in NGOs, political parties and advisors and as researchers.
You consider how European societies have been shaped and changed looking at migration, social policy, ethical relations, citizenship, work and family looking at population, divisions and social relationships. You study population decline and increases, xenophobia, divisions in society, social relationships within Europe from a range of contemporary resources.
Advanced Social Theory
Qualitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
The Comparative Study of European Societies
Religious Belief and Practice in the Modern World
Quantitative Sociology: Philosophy and Methods
The Comparative Study of European Societies
Global Conflict and Peace Processes
Dimensions of Globalisation
Post-Conflict Justice and Peace building
Dissertation in European Societies
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