The graduate program in administration of justice and homeland security focuses on:
- The philosophical, historical, ethical, behavioral, technological, legal and policy dimensions of the discipline.
- An analytical approach to practice within the criminal justice system.
- Practical tools to improve effectiveness within the various professional roles.
- The most current and relevant information in a structure that is dynamic and adaptable to rapidly evolving trends.
Students have the option of concentrating in leadership in justice or cybersecurity and intelligence. Students not selecting an area of concentration may select electives from any of the graduate programs (with approval from the program director) to develop an individualized program of study that meets their personal and professional goals.
Concentration in Leadership in Justice
A practitioner of justice faces many challenges in the field, which is changing dramatically. Professionals are being asked to reduce and manage crime while facing budget cuts, protecting the public and organizing agencies and departments. The concentration in leadership in justice focuses on strategic management in a multicultural, technological and collaborative environment.
Leaders in the justice field must reshape departments that have been highly centralized, over-specialized and conventional in their approach to solving community issues and problems. This concentration provides the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain a high standard of integrity and ethical values.
Concentration in Cybersecurity and Intelligence
The concentration in cybersecurity and intelligence highlights theory, policy and problems in this emerging field. The program responds to the interests, knowledge requirements and needs of professionals in the field of law enforcement and justice at the local, regional, state and international levels.
It is necessary for professionals in this field to have an understanding of the advancing technological world and its immense impact on the global community. This concentration includes attention to counterterrorism training in information technology, terrorist groups, domestic terrorism, high-tech crimes, intelligence gathering and financial investigative techniques.