About Our Online Master in Criminal Justice Program

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program is tailored for students who wish to become criminal justice administrators at the middle and upper management level. Emphasis is placed on management skills such as public relations, accounting, finance, human resources, policy formulation, budgeting, human interaction, crisis strategies, organizational behavior, and writing skills.

Every course in the program is kept to a small class size, allowing faculty and students to have more interactions even in an online environment. In addition, Xavier instills the Jesuit Mission into its curriculum.

Full-time students can complete the program in about one year, and part-time students can complete the program in two years. However, the program is designed to allow flexibility for students who may need to step out of the program at any given moment for professional or personal reasons.

Distinguished Faculty

All criminal justice faculty members have terminal degrees from top criminal justice/law schools, and/or have distinguished careers in the criminal justice field. Faculty research focuses on comparative policing, homeland security, attitudes toward police, and issues surrounding women and crime and other research areas. Faculty members serve as consultants to various local, state, federal, and international agencies.


The curriculum is designed to be highly flexible, allowing students to take as many or as few classes as they prefer. The program does not follow a strict course path. Note that the Research & Planning course must be taken before the Research Essay: Seminar course.

Fall 2017
CJUS 611 Law & Justice (1st 8 week session)
CJUS 644 Government & Non-profit Accounting (1st 8 week session)
CJUS 623 Perspectives in Law Enforcement (2nd 8 week session)
Spring 2018
CJUS 620 Sociology of Crime & Delinquency (1st eight week session)
CJUS 683 Research & Planning in Criminal Justice (1st eight week session)
CJUS 633 Forensics & White Collar Crime (2nd eight week session)
CJUS 642 Criminal Justice Administration (2nd eight week session)
Summer 2018
CJUS 643 Correctional Counseling (1st eight week session)
CJUS 784 Research Essay: Seminar (1st eight week session)
CJUS 647 Human Resources for Criminal Justice Administrators (2nd eight week session)

Students are required to take ten core courses (30 semester hours) designed to provide comprehensive coverage of the field of criminal justice with an administration concentration. They are:

CJUS 611 Law & Justice (3)
Presents legal issues in all three segments of the American criminal justice system. Constitutional and statutory rights and obligations are considered, along with policy. Major emphasis is placed on student initiative in learning.

CJUS 620 Sociology of Crime & Delinquency (3)
Social foundations of the criminal justice system are examined, along with the social cause of crime and societal response. The understanding of crime within the social context is presented, along with in-depth exploration of cross-cultural, subcultural, and other demographic expositions.

CJUS 623 Perspectives in Law Enforcement Management (3)
A comprehensive course that focuses on management issues and problems specific to law enforcement. This course will introduce students to both theoretical and practical issues faced by law enforcement agencies from the view of an administrator. Attention will likewise be paid to understanding and resolving problems and issues.

CJUS 633 Forensics & White Collar Crime (3)
This course examines the methods of detection, investigative techniques, and social impact of white-collar crime. Emphasis will also be placed on exploring theories related to why this type of crime is committed, the various types of white-collar crime, and difficulties in the criminal justice system response to white-collar crimes. Finally, this course will examine the socially injurious acts of corporations and formal organizations against their employees, consumers, the public, and/or the environment.

CJUS 642 Administration/Leadership (3)
Presents organizational and management theories and practices within criminal justice settings. Management styles, management objectives, total quality management, and other course topics are applied to issues in contemporary prisons, probation, parole, and juvenile justice. Legal and ethical considerations are applied to actual practice situations.

CJUS 643 Correctional Counseling (3)
A comprehensive course concerning correctional rehabilitation. This course will introduce students to a variety of theories related to human behavior and the application of those theories to correctional programming. Students will also be exposed to a variety of assessments used to guide the classification and treatment of offenders as well as commonly used components, and the advantages, and disadvantages of multiple treatment modalities. Finally, student will examine holistic family treatments and gender responsive treatments.

CJUS 644 Government & Non-Profit Accounting (3)
This course introduces the basic concepts and techniques of fund accounting and the financial reporting for governmental and not-for-profit entities. Additional course coverage includes identifying and applying appropriate accounting and reporting standards for government and private not-for-profit organizations, preparing fund basis and government-wide statements for state and local governments, preparing financial statements for private not-for-profit organizations, using nonfinancial performance measures to evaluate governmental and not-for-profit entities, and describing auditing requirements for these entities. Special attention will also be paid to forensic accounting and auditing, with emphasis on the audit of financial statements, and methods of examination relating to prevention and detection of fraud.

CJUS 647 Human Resources for Criminal Justice Administrators (3)
Examine the role of Human Resource Manager in strategic planning and decision making within their organizations.

CJUS 683 Research & Planning in Criminal Justice (3)
This course provides students with the working knowledge of research methods necessary to complete their final master’s project. As such, topics related to the issue of causation, sampling, measurement, and data collection/analysis will be explored and practically applied. Comprehension of the material will enable students to evaluate research studies and policy with a more critical eye. Moreover, comprehension of course material will allow students to write quality research projects.

CJUS 784 Research Essay: Seminar (3)
This course is an extension, by application, of Research and Planning in Criminal Justice. As such, the major objective for this course is to provide students with the individual guidance needed to perform basic research and complete their graduate thesis. At the close of their studies for the MS, students must pass a comprehensive examination.

The criminal justice program at Xavier University was welcoming and highly reputable. The small classroom size and experienced professors helped me gain a wealth of knowledge while having fun at the same time. The criminal justice program played a big part in helping me get to where I am today in my career.

Carrie Tribbe
Intensive Supervision Probation Officer
Hamilton County Adult Probation