Master of Science in Criminal Justice // Ashford University


CESSILY: Hi I’m Cessily and I’m joined by Dr.Wendy Hicks, Associate Professor and Program Chair of the Masters of Science
in Criminal Justice program in the College of Liberal Arts. I’m also joined
by Reyna Sund, Director of Career and Alumni Services at Ashford University. Dr Hicks can you tell us what students should expect from this program? DR. WENDY HICKS: The Masters in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students to go into the field either the academic field or a
practitioner oriented, you know, more pragmatic field of criminal justice, law
enforcement, corrections — what have you. The program is designed to provide
students with access and exposure to the variety of elements within criminal
justice such as law enforcement, administration, budgeting, criminal
justice theory, policy management, forensic science, cybercrime, and a variety of
other elements within criminal justice as a whole. CESSILY: Can you talk about the
specializations of this program? DR. WENDY HICKS: Certainly. Our specializations include Forensic Science, Homeland Security Management, Cybercrime and Technology, and Law Enforcement and Corrections Administration. Each of the specialties
are designed to provide students with exposure to that particular field, that
particular nuance of the criminal justice discipline and provide students
with information about how those various fields interact with one another. CESSILY: Reyna, for someone who’s already working in the law enforcement field, how can a
master’s degree help them? REYNA SUND: A Masters of Criminal Justice could actually increase the competitiveness of a candidate for this particular sector. So, from the
hiring perspective, individuals are looked at with a master’s degree as
somebody who would bring less liability to the agency. So they probably have
stronger decision-making skills, better problem-solving skills, and all around just a more well-rounded candidate. CESSILY: What are some of the critical skills that a person would learn from this program even if they decide not to have a career in
law enforcement. DR. WENDY HICKS: Criminal justice teaches a variety of skills that can be valuable for any employer, not just within the criminal justice sector. Students learn the ability to critically think, they learn the ability to synthesize information,
and those skills should transfer to any employment opportunity. CESSILY:Thank you both for this information. If you would like to look at a list of courses or to apply to the online Masters of Science in Criminal Justice, you’ll find what you’re looking for at
ashford.edu.

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