Public Management and Leadership (Competency-Based)
Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice program prepares students to take on leadership roles—and make an even greater impact in the evolving field of domestic and international criminal justice.
The MS in Criminal Justice program comprises 34 competencies with corresponding assessments. Competencies are grouped into Areas of Expertise (AoE), which provide context for each set of competencies and focus your attention to the larger topic those competencies cover.
For Tempo Learning® programs, Walden University courses are restructured into individual competencies. The learning outcomes of both course-based and competency-based programs are identical, providing you with a choice of two learning formats that lead to the same Walden degree.
Areas of Expertise and Competency Descriptions
Foundations for Graduate Study (CRJS 6002)
- FD001 Professional Goals
Identify professional goals.
- FD002 Introduction to Criminal Justice Research
Summarize criminal justice research.
- FD003 Social Change
Identify time management skills.
The Nature of Crime and Criminology (CRJS 6137)
- NC001 Foundations of Criminal Theories and Practices
Demonstrate an understanding of foundational theories and practice in criminology.
- NC002 Contemporary Views and Theories of Criminal Behavior
Explain contemporary views and theories of criminal behavior.
- NC003 Criminal Profiling
Apply theories of criminal profiling and groups.
- NC004 Ethics in Corrections
Promote ethical incarceration practices and treatment of offenders.
- NC005 Rehabilitation
Promote diversion, reentry, probation and parole, and rehabilitation treatment programs.
Controversies in Criminal Justice (CRJS 6215)
- CO001 Contemporary Policies and Practices
Interpret U.S. legal policies and practices related to Criminal Justice System.
- CO002 Issues in Criminal Justice
Demonstrate knowledge of policies and practices related to contemporary issues challenging the criminal justice system.
- CO003 Media
Evaluate the influence of media and/or social media on crime and criminal justice.
- CO004 Corrections Reform Policy
Develop a corrections reform policy by applying knowledge of the history, theory, practice, and the legal environment of the reentry process.
Criminal Justice Research (CRJS 6216)
- RS001 Root Causes of Crime
Explain root causes of crime from data.
- RS002 Impact of Crime on Communities
Analyze the impact of crime on communities.
- RS003 Research Methodologies
Apply qualitative and quantitative research methods for conducting and analyzing criminal justice/criminology research.
Special Populations (CRJS 6511)
- SL001 Juvenile Justice
Promote culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate, and research-based juvenile justice practices and policies.
- SL002 Hate Crimes
Analyze characteristics of hate crimes against protected race, class, sexual orientation, and gender categories.
- SL003 Special Populations
Promote equitable culturally sensitive and research-based practices and policies for offenders from special populations.
- SL004 Cultural Sensitivity and Awareness
Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and awareness both within the criminal justice professional community and toward populations being served.
Information Technology in Criminal Justice (CRJS 6111)
- IT001 Data Management
Use records and data management systems appropriate for 21st-century criminal justice organizations to protect and gather evidence.
- IT002 Applying Legal Standards and Procedures
Use knowledge of criminal law, criminal procedures, and court procedures to inform decision-making to build criminal cases and prosecute criminals.
- IT003 Applying Technology
Use technology to track and apprehend criminals.
Victimology (CRJS 6203)
- VC001 Impact of Crime on Individuals and Communities
Apply principles of victimology to address its causes and effects and promote social change.
- VC002 Criminology Theory
Analyze biological, psychological, social, and structural variables that contribute to offender and victim typologies.
- VC003 Community Engagement
Demonstrate the ability to work with the community and public forums.
- VC004 Victim Services
Demonstrate an understanding of types of services and supports available to victims.
Applied Communications (CRJS 6218)
- AC001 Emotional Intelligence
Demonstrate leadership, conflict resolution, and management skills.
- AC002 Leadership
Demonstrate emotional intelligence
- AC003 Communication
Apply communication skills to interviews, negotiations, and information gathering.
Strategic Management and Leadership in Criminal Justice (CRJS 6400)
- LR001 Strategic Leadership
Demonstrate strategic thinking, leadership, and management skills.
- LR002 Community Engagement
Design community-based crime reduction initiatives using partnerships and shared power.
- LR003 Applying Data and Statistics
Use data and statistics to support evaluation and improvement of criminal justice services, policies, and practices.
- LR004 Program Evaluation Methods
Design program evaluation methods for shared-leadership collaborative justice initiatives.
Capstone: Ethics and Social Justice (CRJS 6910)
- ES001 Ethics and Social Justice
Demonstrate the ability to make recommendations for applying laws, policies, professional standards, and codes of ethics in complex and ambiguous social justice situations.