The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program epitomizes Governors State University's mission to promote social and ethical responsibility in our community through real-world applications of problem-solving and leadership. The program provides you with the tools to apply innovative techniques, current research and community collaboration for justice system assessment and improvement. The curriculum includes classes, seminars and workshops that impart specific skills in the in the areas of research, evaluation, data analysis, crime control and prevention and organizational leadership.
"The Criminal Justice M.A. Program at Governors State University is practical and academically rigorous." Kenneth O'Keefe, criminal justice program coordinator, Prairie State College.
"This program provides criminal justice professionals a great opportunity to give something back to their communities…It's an excellent program." Daniel Martin, Chief, New Lenox police department.
Criminal justice system innovation requires strong leadership. The GSU master's program in criminal justice develops your abilities through a curriculum focusing on leadership theory and methods, self-assessment of leadership strengths, improvement in leadership skills and planning and system change management.
The program provides you with alternative paradigms from which to assess the current system. Courses focus on problem-solving at various stages of the criminal justice process, with community collaboration as a foundation to problem-solving techniques. Networking with a diverse and experienced student body, criminal justice students come from diverse career and educational backgrounds. You will have ample opportunities to network and exchange ideas not provided in other educational settings.
GSU faculty has an extensive history of applied and theoretical experience in the criminal and juvenile justice fields, and has developed a broad array of networks to provide extensive hands-on experiences for our students. Faculty experience in leadership, community involvement and research provides a rich, dynamic background to this innovative program.
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
Academic Program Coordinator