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Criminal Justice, Master of Science - Legal Studies

Why choose a Criminal Justice degree with a Legal Studies specialization?

Learn law enforcement skills to manage complex global risks and disasters.

The College of Education & Social Services offers several competitive, quality graduate degree programs, and the online MS in Criminal Justice with a legal studies 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, correctional officers, probation and parole officers, and those individuals who have an interest in further understanding the role of the legal system within the United States. This course of study will provide students with a well-rounded understanding of legal procedures and how the judicial system operates within the civil and criminal domain.

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.

 

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Learn how a Master’s in Criminal Justice - designed for working adults - can help you advance your career and reach your goals.

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Specializations available under Saint Leo’s online master’s degree in Criminal Justice include:

  • Behavioral Studies teaches how criminal behavior and the criminal code interact, as well as how behavioral disorders impact individuals and criminal behavior.
  • Corrections is designed to provide a better understanding of complex issues of offenders, trends of the 21st century and the problems associated with recidivism.
  • Forensic Science provides the opportunity for you to gain the knowledge required to assist with operations during incidents in which forensic science is a factor through modern, hands-on instruction.
  • Legal Studies provides students with a well-rounded understanding of legal procedures and how the judicial system operates within the civil and criminal domain.


Degree Requirements

In order to earn the degree with the concentration in legal studies, a student must successfully complete the five core criminal justice courses, as well as three courses in legal studies, and three electives. CORE COURSES (18 CREDITS)
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