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The Department of Criminal Justice offers an innovative Master of Science degree that emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to urban studies which emphasizes public safety. The program emphasizes training in policy analysis and practice, particularly as it is relevant to community and urban issues.

That program builds on the foundation of locally relevant policy research by providing its students with the critical skills to carry out such work and the experience to assure success in employment or in pursuit of further graduate studies. Overall, our program reflects the strongest traditions of our academic discipline while also emphasizing the unique strengths of this department and the research related technologies of Rochester Institute of Technology.

The objective of the program is to provide students with a strong foundation in criminological and criminal justice theory and social scientific research skills, thus enabling graduates to have successful careers in the policy analysis arena or to be able to easily transfer into a criminal justice doctoral program.