Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Criminal Behavior

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Goals and Course Topics

Change Starts with Understanding

Things aren’t always what they seem. For our society to be better, we must understand its people. You can develop expertise in the psychological causes of crime with criminal behavior classes that focus on trends, major crime problems and statistics, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management. Our master of science in criminal justice – criminal behavior graduates have gone on to become behavioral health specialists, mental health workers, and social services managers.

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The master of science in criminal justice with a criminal behavior concentration is a professional practical degree program that attracts skilled managers, agents and clinicians from many components of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. Combined with the faculty who direct and facilitate the educational experiences in the criminal behavior classes, the school’s talented and multifaceted students complete the mixture and create an intellectual synergy that’s found in very few graduate programs.

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Practical Education

Our MS in criminal justice faculty bring years of executive, operations-level, clinical, academic and research experience in criminal justice to the graduate learning process in a way that sparks debate, fosters insight and elicits innovation. Joint student-faculty collaboration on learning projects is a common occurrence in our criminal behavior classes.

If you’ve been thinking about pursuing a degree in criminology but are not sure if it’s right for you, we encourage you to consider our MS in CJ degree with a focus on criminal behavior classes. Unlike traditional criminology programs which concentrate heavily on sociological theory, TU’s criminal behavior program goes beyond just studying why people commit crime and seeks to provide practical skills for those who want to work in the field of criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections and rehabilitation, and public/private security.


Online: Two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Who Is This MS in Criminal Justice Program For?

The Criminal Behavior Concentration is designed for students interested in examining the relationship between psychology and the criminal justice system. Students in the criminal behavior classes will develop an understanding in mental health issues, psychopathology, personality assessment and research methods. The Criminal Behavior concentration is offered in the three-semester format and is only available online.

Note: The ability to practice as a professional psychologist or as a professional mental health counselor—is highly regulated in all states. TU programs (with the exception of the on-campus Addictions Counseling program) do not directly prepare one for practice as a counselor, psychotherapist, or psychologist.


U.S. News and World Report ranked Tiffin University as Ohio’s third-best online master’s degree program in criminal justice.

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Tiffin University’s online Master of Science in Criminal Justice programs are ranked #6 for the 2019 Best Master’s in Criminal Justice Online Programs by SR Education Group.



You can enhance your skillset even more by adding just a few more courses for a second concentration. The MS in Criminal Justice program offers the following second concentrations:

Average degree completion for a full time student
30 Credits
Average degree completion for a part time student
30 Credits

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Professional Fields

  • Corrections agencies
  • Juvenile detention centers
  • Juvenile group homes
  • Pre-release programs and halfway houses
  • Law enforcement
  • Domestic violence agencies

Sample Course

Contemporary Criminal Justice: Issues and Trends (JUS510)

Provides a contemporary overview of the criminal justice system with a focus on current trends, major crime problems and statistics, crime control issues, the nature and causes of crime, justice agencies and personnel, key decision-making by justice agents and the changing features of the American legal system and criminal justice agency management which impact the quality of service to community residents. 

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