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Criminal Justice


Take advantage of our program of distinction.

  • The University of Baltimore is only the second institution in the nation to have both its graduate and undergraduate programs in criminal justice certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Prepare yourself for critical criminal justice policy decision-making and for exciting research opportunities.

You can also complete this program as a dual J.D./M.S. in Criminal Justice , allowing you to earn both degrees with 15-18 fewer credits than would be required to earn the two degrees independently.

In this 36- to 39-credit Master of Science program, you'll:

  • apply research theory, methods, planning and statistics to the daily decisions you'll encounter in your work
  • interact with field professionals through our partnerships with the Baltimore City Police Department, state government agencies and victim advocacy programs such as the House of Ruth; some are federal agents, while others work in middle management in either corrections or the courts
  • choose to specialize in law enforcement, courts and law, corrections or juvenile justice.

Your professors will share their practical experience as well as their academic research agendas; some are involved in funded research projects that provide opportunities for students comparable to those generally found in Ph.D. programs. Projects have included a National Institute of Justice-funded evaluation of prison industries as well as involvement with the Roper Victim Assistance Academy, which trains service providers to interact effectively with victims.

Your fellow students will be a lively mix of law enforcement officers, field administrators, planners, researchers, operational officers and caseworkers. Their drive and aspirations can help propel you to achieve your own goals in this fascinating field.

Classes are offered evenings.