Coordinator: Maria Tcherni-Buzzeo, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
A key objective of the master of science in criminal justice program is to educate men and women who plan to seek careers in the field of criminal justice. Another objective is to provide the advanced training and education for those who staff the agencies and institutions of the criminal justice system. The program stresses a broad understanding of the social and behavioral sciences, the institutions of the criminal justice system, and the development of methodological tools and skills.
Courses in the area of social and behavioral science stress theories of the behavior of man in a social order and the sanctions imposed by different societies to control the social behavior of their members. Courses in the area of criminal justice institutions stress the study of the existing system from the police through the courts, the penitentiaries, and the system of probation and parole. The methodological courses expose students to the tools of research and analysis and the contribution of systems analysis to the efficient administration of the criminal justice system.