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Graduate Programs

The J. Frank Barefield, Jr. Department of Criminal Justice offers graduate degrees in:

We also offer a joint MSCJ/MPA program in partnership with the Department of Government and two graduate-level certificates in computer forensics if you're interested in advanced-level training but not in earning a master’s degree.

Advance Your Career

For almost four decades, we've offered graduate training in criminal justice and forensic science. Graduates of our MSCJ program have gone on to some of the best doctoral training programs in the United States, including those at SUNY Albany, Michigan State University, the University of Maryland, and the University of California-Irvine. They have careers at such schools as Michigan State, the University of Central Florida, the University of Alabama, and the University of North Florida.

Our forensic science program (MSFS) is one of the oldest laboratory-based programs of its kind in North America, and one of a select few that is accredited by the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Graduates of the MSFS program have gone on to successful careers in crime laboratories in all 50 states, as well as Canada.

More recently — in partnership with the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Management, Information Systems, and Quantitative Methods — the department began offering graduate training in computer forensics in one of the few programs of its type in the US.

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Our graduate programs offer students the opportunity to network with those already working in the field; acquire valuable experience through internship placements in business, industry, or government; and gain plenty of hands-on learning in both laboratory settings and in the field.

Our programs also offer students the opportunity work on original research projects with faculty mentors that can lead to publications or to poster or paper presentations at professional conferences.

We invite you to explore our programs and find the right one for you!

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