Graduate Careers

A master's degree in any of the programs offered by the department can lead to rewarding careers in many fields, including:

  • public and private-sector agencies in the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels of government (MSCJ)
  • computer forensics and security management, including cybersecurity, information security, and IT auditing (MSCFSM)
  • forensic science and conventional analytical laboratories (MSFS)
  • administration of criminal justice or juvenile justice systems (MSCJ/MPA)
  • cybercrime investigation or computer forensics examination (certificate program)

Each of our programs is also a good place to build a strong foundation for doctoral and professional studies.

What Are Our Graduates Doing Now?

Alumni of our programs have gone on to earn advanced degrees at some of the highest ranked doctoral training programs in the US, to have very successful careers in government; and to stellar careers in business and industry. You can find graduates of our programs at the following companies and agencies:

  • Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences
  • Birmingham Police Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Guidance Software
  • MITRE
  • Pay Pal
  • PhishMe, Inc.
  • Vulcan Materials
  • Walmart Corporation

Career Resources

courthouseThere are many resources available to help you start or advance your career.

The University's Career Center is a great place to get started. The Center provides information on employment opportunities; assists with job skill development — including interviewing and resume writing; sponsors jobs fairs; and much more! Be sure to check out the information and advice tailored specifically for you.

You can research your job prospects through the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook, which describes working conditions, training and education needed, and expected earnings and job prospects in a particular field. You can also visit USA Jobs for a listing of positions available with the federal government.