Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Criminal Justice MS

Program Overview

RIT’s criminal justice master’s degree fosters the creation of new knowledge through active research in agencies and the community. Students learn and apply problem-solving skills rooted in areas of individual interest with an emphasis on applied research. The degree enables graduates to enter successful careers in criminal justice agencies, policy analysis, or pursue further education in a criminal justice doctoral program.

The MS degree in criminal justice emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to urban studies with a focus on public safety. The program stresses training in policy analysis and practice, particularly as it is relevant to community and urban issues.

The program builds on a foundation of locally relevant policy research by providing 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. The program provides students with a strong foundation in criminological, criminal justice theory, and social scientific research skills, thus enabling graduates to have successful careers in the policy analysis arena or to be prepared to pursue advanced study beyond the master's degree.

Recent graduates have entered careers in prosecutorial investigation, criminal justice program evaluation, and crime analysis. Many have also pursued doctoral degrees.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Masters of Science


  • Approximately 83 students are enrolled in the program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

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Student Skills & Capabilities

Through core courses, students are exposed to the widest possible range of perspectives from which to view crime and the nature of criminal justice administration, thus broadening their career options. During the first year, students select professional electives in a specific area of interest from courses offered in criminology, law enforcement, law, corrections, management and crime analysis, Data analysis, Crime analysis, and Crime mapping.


Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.

Training / Qualifications

A career in correctional counseling or treatment requires short-term on-the-job training, after which you may have to pass a certification test. As for a career in crime analysis, in order to complete more formal training, analysts may need to become state certified. To qualify for a position, some police agencies require crime analysts to have some experience working in a law enforcement atmosphere.

Job Titles

Police Officers; Correction Officers and Counselors; Probation Officers; US Postal Inspectors; Crime Analyst; US Marshals; Border Patrol Officers, Legal Assistant.

Significant Points

  • Competition should remain keen for higher paying jobs with State and Federal agencies and police departments in affluent areas;
  • Opportunities will be better in local and special police departments that offer relatively low salaries or in urban communities where the crime rate is relatively high.
  • Applicants with college training in police science or military police experience should have the best opportunities. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

City of Rochester, Kodak, Pinkerton Security, National Park Service, Monroe County Sheriff, US Immigration & Naturalization, Monroe County Sheriff, Rochester Police Dept., District Attorney’s Office, US Customs and Border Patrol, US Secret Service, Monroe County Parks, NYS Dept. of Technology, Center for Public Safety Initiatives.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Criminal Justice program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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