Why choose a Criminal Justice degree with a Criminal Investigation specialization?
The College of Education & Social Services offers several competitive, quality graduate degree programs, and the online M.S. in Criminal Justice with a Criminal Investigation specialization is no exception.
In light of recent disasters and world events, it is increasingly important for criminal justice administrators, first responders, government officials, and organizations to understand how to manage critical incidents, psychological aspects of disasters, hazard mitigation, and risk identification.
Saint Leo University's criminal justice program director, Dr. Robert J. Diemer, has nearly 30 years of varied investigative experience, and is known across Florida and, increasingly, among national law enforcement at local, state, and federal agency levels. Dr. Diemer has served as a Deputy Sheriff, State Coordinator for the Florida Sheriff’s Association Statewide Task Force, and Chief of Investigations for the Florida Department of Environmental Protections Division of Law Enforcement. Dr. Diemer was also responsible for managing and coordinating the operations of the Florida Department of Environmental Protections Environmental Terrorism Response Team.
The curriculum, as outlined below, is designed for criminal justice administrators, first responders, government officials, and those individuals who have an interest in understanding the role that criminal investigations play with regards to the field of criminal justice. The area of criminal investigations plays an important role in criminal offences. This course of study will focus on the way the different investigative methodologies interact together to solve some of the world’s most heinous, violent criminal acts, which cause major economic loss in addition to loss of life. The course introduces the student to violence, sexual deviance and environmental and juvenile crimes. A student must successfully complete the five core courses, four Criminal Investigation courses and two elective courses.
One of the leading military colleges in the United States, Saint Leo University has been educating criminal justice professionals for more than three decades. In the Catholic spirit, we base our criminal justice model on a steadfast moral consciousness that recognizes the dignity, value, and gifts of all people.